On behalf of the Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers, i welcome you to this official website of the Child Rights Information and Documentation Centre (CRIDOC), an NGO legally registered in Malawi to create access to information related to the rights and development of children and young people. The following three core approaches underline our mission statement: information exchange; information documentation; and information dissemination. We achieve these directly or indirectly through implementation of various projects and activities as you will get to learn when you browse the Programs Section of this website. However, it is pertinent to stress that our main undertaking with regards to documentation - which has become our hallmark and underlines CRIDOC's very own existence - is the offline information resource centres or physical libraries in both rural and urban settings. However, noting that we have struggled to sustain the physical libraries in the recent years due to unavailability of funding support, we now have resorted to the creation of an online resource bank (e-library) which consists of all materials (e-docs, videos, audio files, etc) related to basic child rights that can be accessed through an online database. We see this strategy as the most cost-effective alternative to the costly physical resource centre, most of which are currently non-operational. The latter is the only initiative of such nature that exists in the country. Considering that this unique work is purely voluntary (without dedicated funding from elsewhere), it is our prayer that as you browse through our website, you will be inspired enough to find a way you can support our work. It can be a small financial or material donation towards either resuscitating the offline libraries or reinforcing the online library; or a donation of your time to help with fundraising; or you can support us in many other ways you deem feasible and legitimate.
Thanks for taking your time!
CRIDOC Director, who is also a youth activist and national Coordinator of the Youth Act Alliance – Malawi Chapter, Edward Phiri, made a solidarity speech on behalf of Malawi delegation in Manzini, Swaziland.
In order to enhance not only dissemination and exchange information about issue affecting children and youths, CRIDOC established Adolescents and Youth Action Committees in 2016 .
Today, several years after we made videos of young hustling scavengers plying their trade at two dumpsites in Lilongwe and Blantyre, it is shocking to learn that the situation hasn't changed one inch.
In the picture is a library constructed by the community around Mpingu neighborhood in Lilongwe, Malawi, with some financial support from USAID, through CRIDOC. The structure needs more educational materials. Any donation in the form of books, posters, more shelves and chairs, educational CDs, PCs, solar panels, is welcome. Your generous gift will help us realize our mission to help those in need of life-changing information. The story of Chimvite Library can be accessed here». If you would like to donate financially, click button below. Together, we can make a difference.
Check out this great video. A documentary about best practices and challenges of child labour in Malawi by Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) and its partners produced by CRIDOC.
Watch more CRIDOC videos here»
We are a nonprofit organization focused on creating access to information on basic child rights and/or other issues affecting children and young people in Malawi. We do so through establishment of both physical and online libraries.
Through our public library, we ensure that various stakeholders have access to information that empower them and the affected children, in so doing contributing towards the promotion of child rights protection as well as enhancing child-friendly laws that address many social ills such as child marriages, child labour, child trafficking, and many more.
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality, in advancing the rights and welfare of children. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!
We build partnerships with like-minded organizations and even individuals in Malawi beyond, to jointly organize community activities and programs where children and young people themselves become active participants rather passive recipients of information.
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, we say thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
In particular, we would like to sincerely thank all those institutions that have supported CRIDOC, including the National Library Service (NLS) for donating books; USAID Malawi for financing the construction of Chimvite School Library under its Ambassador's Self-Help Project ; Bishop Mackenzie International High School for donating school materials; Save The Children for donating child rights materials; just to mention a few.