With more than 50% of the population living below the poverty line, and almost 11% of the population HIV positive, Alshair Fiyaz in on a mission to improve the conditions in Malawi. Driven by a philosophy of inspiring and investing in the human spirit, Fiyaz founded the ALFI Foundation, a charitable organization that has supported the endeavors of making our world a better place since its incorporation in 2017.
For years, Fiyaz invested in a range of projects designed specifically to support the development of under-privileged individuals, communities and wildlife, and to empower social mobility, disregarding international borders and other ethnic and cultural boundaries. The ALFI Foundation believes in supporting organizations determined to influence positive change for current and future generations. Taking an entrepreneurial and multi-faceted approach to philanthropy, The ALFI Foundation considers projects and initiatives that are both positive and pragmatic.
The ALFI Foundation has supported the New York-based Face-to-Face Project, which does vital work to raise awareness of health issues and reduce social stigma in Malawi, as well as fostering comprehensive organic farming methods to protect the environment and supporting community service projects to foster youth development.
Fiyaz’s efforts have helped initiatives like The Face-to-Face Project’s Victory Garden Campaign, a program that allows local community members to gain the skills and knowledge they need to grow enough food to eat, earn income, improve nutrition and lead healthy lives. Since The Victory Garden Campaign’s official launch in July 2016, 29,229 productive home victory gardens in 161 villages in central and southern Malawi have been created, transforming the lives of thousands of villagers.
Because of this success, thanks to humanitarians such as Fiyaz, the Face-to-Face Project is excited to continue creating victory gardens in Malawi, and in the process, help villagers facing hunger and poverty become food secure and self-reliant.