Located in South-Eastern Africa, Malawi is a landlocked, democratic nation with a population of 15 million. Malawi’s economy is centered primarily on agriculture for both subsistence and for export, which has led to environmental degradation from intense farming practices. The country has been hampered by political corruption, a dangerously high rate of HIV/AIDS and widespread poverty. Although more than half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line, Malawi has made great strides in both healthcare and education since its independence in 1964.

Gina Vukojevic

I was born in the Former Yugoslavia, but have spent the majority of my life in Canada and am still getting used to the climate! My “will [to] work for change” happily coexists with a love for my family, running, warm weather, yoga, reading (novels, not textbooks) and talking. My experience with refugee issues, and my academic inspired interests in sustainable growth and urban planning have lead me to a placement with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi! I am excited for the opportunity to contribute to the development of JRS’ Environmental Protection and Community Nutrition program, and look forward to sharing my experience with you. Zikomo!

Rachel Groskopf


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