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.