Generation Cooperation is an organisation brought into existence by and for dedicated, passionate, hardworking and humble people who want to make a difference in the world in one way or another. People who desire to live a happy and meaningful life, above all.
Generation Cooperation Malawi is developed out of encounters between Shadreck Padoko and Michèle pieters since 2008.
1. Generation Cooperation: a Generation in Cooperation!
Shadreck and Michèle chose to name the project Generation Cooperation because they really wanted to accommodate everyone in this project. The young, the old, women, men, Africans, European, Asians, Christians or non-Christians: we are a generation in Cooperation, whereby the gap between old and new ideas has been bridged.
Generation Cooperation is determined to be an everlasting work in progress. We have no idea how faith brought us together, not a single clue where we are heading to. We only know that we need each other more than ever and that in this life we will rise and fall together.
2. Generation Cooperation is located in a poor region in Malawi.
Generation Cooperation vzw (Gencoo) is located in Malawi (South-Eastern Africa), which borders on Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. Malawi is mentioned as one of the poorest countries of the world.
Gencoo is active in Traditional Authority Chimutu (district), to the north- east of the capital city Lilongwe (check Google Maps).
3. Generation Cooperation VZW: a project of the community!
GenCoo village is the name of the campus where Generation Cooperation is located. As you can see on the map, it is located in the middle of “the community”.
The community consists of the eleven surrounding villages. We reach +- 300 families which are living within a radius of approximately 6 km from ‘GenCoo village’. Everyone of the community can participate. We don’t want to differentiate between age, gender or social background.
The chiefs of the villages are also very important. GenCoo has regular meetings with the chiefs. GenCoo Malawi realized that involving the chiefs in the work of GenCoo-Malawi is a strategy which will establish the organisation as a community program with a ‘bottom up’ approach, rather than the ‘top down’ approach of traditional community programs which normally end in failure.