Social Welfare and Community Development
is one of the sectors under Nkhotakota District Assembly responsible for facilitating the socio-economic empowerment of women, men, girls and boys to enable them become self-reliant and active participants in the process of national development through community based approaches. The sector provides a wide range of services aimed at meeting the physical, emotional, moral and psychological needs of the most vulnerable groups of people in the society, namely; the orphans, the elderly, persons with disabilities, child-headed households, single female headed households, children on/of the street, children in conflict with the law, destitutes, abandoned and neglected children, abused and exploited children among others.
is obliged to combine the efforts of the people with those of the Government and Non Governmental Organisation in order to raise the Social Economic and Cultural conditions of the populace so as to contribute to the development of the country.
The philosophy and the humour behind is the realization that people should be masters of their own destiny and should actively be involved in decision making in issues that affects their day to day lives.
The objectives of Community Development directly reflect those of the National Development and those objectives are aimed at helping people in Communities to gain self confidence. These objectives are:
1. To help people free themselves from traditional beliefs and practices that block enterprises and innovation and to foster a said of responsibility for the whole Community Welfare;
2. To assist people understand the material and social needs of the members of their families and households and to make use of the human and materials resource that can raise living standards;
3. To help people recognise Community needs and to form groups which can plan and carryout joint projects of community interest using local resources and services; and
4. To promote a greater sense of national Consciousness so that Communities will be able to see their place in National Development.
To achieve the above objectives Community Development services provide four main thematic services to the community such as functional adult literacy, economic empowerment, capacity building for the grass root local government structures, bursary to needy students, .