“I know that if you spend enough on each person person in a village, you will change their lives. If you put in enough resources- enough mzungu, foreigners, technical assistance, and money-lives change. I know that....The problem is, when you walk, what happens?
— Nina Munk, 'The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty'

 Our sustainability model was designed based on the needs of the community we support and the unique interventions required not just to address these needs, but to create a system that will become self-dependent. Although our primary focus is on granting opportunities for education, we realize that livelihood (health & wellness) is inextricably connected to education and therefore must be a part of our model. Many of the barriers to education in Malawi are not strictly economic- infectious disease such as malaria & HIV/AIDS, hunger and malnutrition a three major livelihood issues that negatively impact a child’s potential to learn. The most important aspect of our model is that the financial inputs produce sustainable effects- meaning we strive to empower this community to believe in a future of self-reliance, not dependence on foreign aid. To help achieve this, RiseUp Malawi invests in jobs for Malawians and only retains one current staff member in the U.S.