On a radiant Thursday, the 19th of October 2023, we embarked on a momentous and promising journey, officially unveiling our dynamic 2023-2028 strategic plan. The air was filled with optimism as CARD called upon the world to come together to foster community resilience in the face of today's challenges.
Representing this ambitious new blueprint, CARD's Programs Manager, Arthur Lichenya, proudly introduced the theme that will shape our actions for the next five years: "Actions that Count." With unwavering conviction, Lichenya emphasized that the activities and processes outlined in this strategic plan are set to be a catalyst for transformative change within the communities CARD is dedicated to serving.
Moreover, this bold vision is not confined to Malawi alone; it aspires to extend its reach across southern Africa, strengthening capacities and nurturing community solutions to enhance well-being and resilience.
During the grand launch event at Serendib Hotel in Blantyre, CARD Vice Board Chair, Reverend Dr. Mwawi Chilongozi, highlighted the pressing need for a focused response to climate change. She underscored that climate change is at the root of various challenges faced by the nation. This plan's unveiling symbolizes a commitment to mitigating these challenges and creating a more resilient society.
George Chikuse, the Director of Administration for the Mulanje District Council, was brimming with optimism. He believed that CARD's blueprint would directly address the challenges exacerbated by climate change shocks that his region had experienced. The community leaders and stakeholders present at the launch resonated with this sentiment, recognizing the potential of this strategic plan to bring about positive change.
This event wasn't just a celebration within CARD's ranks; it was a gathering of diverse delegates from various sectors and implementing partners who came together to witness CARD's impressive vision.
Among them was Noel Chikoleka, Relationship Manager at New Building Society (NBS) Bank, who passionately praised CARD for its meticulously articulated vision. He commended the organization for placing Malawians at the very heart of their mission, a vision that promises tangible change.
The newly unveiled strategy centers around six crucial pillars, each vital for CARD's mission: Food Security and Nutrition, Economic Empowerment, Climate and Disaster Risk Management, Gender and Inclusive Development, CARD's Financial Sustainability, and Organizational Learning and Internal Relationships.
CARD's 2023-2028 strategic plan is more than just a document; it's a beacon of hope, a call to action and a commitment to a brighter future for the communities they serve. The theme "Actions that Count" encapsulates the determination to make a meaningful impact and foster resilience in the face of adversity. CARD's vision is a powerful aspiration to the potential for change and the unwavering dedication to uplifting the lives of countless individuals, not just in Malawi but across southern Africa.