In preparation of the project Floor and Jan made four visits to Malawi. During these visits they investigated the local needs and looked for the most suitable location to start their FloJa Malawi project. The poignant living conditions and the hopeless future for the children strengthened their belief in the need for this project.
In 2007, during their third visit to Malawi, the project started to take form. Due many different encounters with the local people and the village elder the decision was made to establish the project in the village of Ngara in the Karonga district in the northern of Malawi.
Ngara is a poor fishing village at Lake Malawi. It’s located approximately 650 kilometers from the capitol Lilongwe. The people in Ngara provide in their daily needs through fishing and cultivating products like corn, tomatoes, cassava and peanuts. These products are then sold at the local market or in the nearest town Karonga, approximately 35 kilometers away.
The most help aimed at orphans and other vulnerable children is located in the middle and southern parts of Malawi. There appeared to be little to no projects aimed at these children and a definite need for a daycare center in the Karonga district.
This is an important aspect as to why the project has chosen this part of the country and to why Floor and Jan are primarily focused on the children in and around Ngara.
Through all these findings a project proposition was made for the first three years and raise an eponymous foundation was raised in the Netherlands.