Against All Odds


The people of rural Malawi learn to survive and thrive as they battle the effects of HIV/AIDS and its impact on food security.






  • Against All Odds





Study Guide




The goal of this video is to introduce students to CPAR and the work that is being done in Malawi to help people struggling with HIV/AIDS. Also, to show how this work fits in to the United Nation's Millenium Development Goals (MDG) and/or Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).




1. Show the video "Against All Odds"


2. Ask students to form small groups to describe the following impressions from the video:

  • Who is Kettie Mkanda and why has her life become difficult?

  • What has been the impact of AIDS in Malawi?

  • Who is CPAR and how are they assisting?

  • What is Kettie Mkanda participating in and why is it important?

  • What Millennium Development Goals and/or Sustainable Development Goals does this project relate to?


3. Option for Take-Home Assignment. Using the internet links offered here, find more facts about:

  • CPAR

  • United Nations Millennium Development Goals

  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

4. Write 1.5 pages on the results of your research emphasizing the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals context for CPAR's work in Malawi.


5. Group discussion

In groups, first share your short essays and then, asking one person to represent the discussion, make presentations to the class about any or all of the above.
Include suggestions on how students could start an ongoing global justice project or become involved with NGO projects already in existence.