National partner profile: Malawi

Tili Tonse


The aim of Tili Tonse (Together as One) is to use football to improve the lives of homeless and excluded people, both male and female, aged 16 and above in Blantyre. The organisation works to offer them the opportunities to change their lives through the “school of football,” become positive role models, and engage in social enterprise to secure economic sustainability for themselves and for the project as a whole.

Tili Tonse are incorporated in the Football Association of Malawi as a subsidiary program to run sport-for-development activities and replicate them to other districts in the country. They are active in four areas of Blantyre, and are working to begin a programme bringing structured, regular football to the inmates of Chichiri prison as a part of their inclusion activities. Together with their partners, they promote sports projects, education, entrepreneurship, and job creation.

Tili Tonse have a comprehensive coaching programme for participants. It gives them a chance to use their newly acquired coaching and other skills to deliver a strong message to vulnerable peer groups. The programme has been sold as a service to external agencies and programme managers to address clients with mental health issues and young adults or children who are engaged in crime and gang vandalism, substance abuse, and other dangerous activities. The coaching programme is implemented together with Tili Tonse’s partner, Play Soccer Malawi.

The Program received the International Olympic Committee Sport for Social Responsibility Trophy 2011 International Award.

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Mission statement


Tili Tonse work to help young athletes become active leaders in their own communities – nationally, regionally, and globally. Young people are encouraged to leave poverty and homelessness behind and achieve their goals through sport and a holistic approach to community development.

“Together we can change many lives by working on a ‘pass on, pass forward’ philosophy,” Koleni Mbalawa, Programme Director.

Goals for the future


To increase local capacity and visibility though local partnerships


To adopt a strategy to make their programmes self-sustainable

Additional information

Football Activities

Training sessions twice per week, training for coaches

Team selection

The best eight players are selected among 20 young men and women under the supervision of the national coach Silas Liwindo

Non-football services

Netball, handball, athletics, korfball, basketball, volleyball, streetball etc., skills development trainings, access to employment and education, and health campaigns

Participants challenges

Participants find it difficult to learn about how the community operates and get integrated. They may lack family support and sometimes have difficulties establishing new connections with other players.

Organisation challenges

Shortages of office rental space and equipment, and a lack of support from the government and local and corporate organisations

Country challenges

In 2015, Malawi was ranked the poorest country in the world with more than half of the population living below the poverty line (Nyasa Times). There is a high HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate of about 11% and 550,000 children below the age of 17 have been orphaned by AIDS, which increases their chances of becoming homeless (IRIN News).

Homelessness Statistics

In 2007, two out of three of Malawi’s urban residents lived in slums. Estimates of the percentage of the population living in informal slum housing go as high as 90% (AIDP, 2012). In January 2015, floods left more than 100,000 people homeless (BBC, 2015).

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