Determined to Develop

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Determined to Develop
FounderMatt Maroon
Area served
MethodVolunteering, Aid

Determined to Develop is a registered 501(c)(3) United States charity working in Malawi, Africa. Determined to Develop operates from the Chilumba area in the Karonga District of Northern Malawi. Determined to Develop was established in 2009 by founder Matt Maroon as a way to help the people of Malawi.[2][3][4]

Mission statement[edit]

To empower, through education, the people of Malawi to become agents of development for their families, communities, country, and world.[5]


Determined to Develop was established in 2009 by founder Matt Maroon who has lived in Malawi since 2006.[6] After obtaining his graduate degree in anthropology, Matt moved to a rural part of Malawi and began laying the foundations for an on-the-ground operations, partnering with Malawian people and connecting with the community.[7][8][9][10]

Determined to Develop moved from a passive to an active Board in 2013 and was able to recruit directors who would ensure planning, oversight and funding was achieved in the long term.[11] Within Malawi, Determine to Develop founder Matt Maroon is also the country manager for Lattitude Global Volunteering, a UK based charity which provides service opportunities for young people to teach in secondary schools within Malawi.[12] Matt also formerly lectured at the University of Livingstonia where he held the post of Dean of the College of Social Sciences.[13][14]

Wasambo High School[edit]

Determined to Develop annually hosts The Malawi Research Practicum and the Malawi Graduate Fellowship in training future human rights advocates and professionals through applied research and working with the community on critical human rights and development issues. Undertaken in partnership with the University of Dayton Department of Political Science , this project draws on transdisciplinary research and applied participatory international development insights to enable students from across the university, including Teacher Education - School of Education and Health Sciences and ETHOS Center - School of Engineering,[15] to meaningfully participate in development and human rights work on a global scale.[16]

Wasambo Boys High School Malawi, Africa

In 2017 and in partnership with the University of Dayton,[17] Determined to Develop commissioned a new boarding high school, Wasambo Boys High School which has established a national reach within its first year of inception.[18] The first-year class of 75 students, is led by an international faculty, combining a half Malawian and have western-based staff.[19] The existing school is home to approximately 500 male students who not only attend class—they also live on the grounds. The proposed expansion will accommodate an additional 2,500 male and female students with greatly improved water facilities, capable of providing an estimated 500,000 liters per day. The school will be transformed from a high school into a technical college for post-secondary education.[20]

As the organization grew, staff members were added to the team and programming expanded.[21] Although progress was being made in each of the development sectors, it was the educational programming that was having the most significant impact. Meanwhile, meetings with community stakeholders and a thorough needs assessment concluded that education was the top development priority for the region. In 2017, Determined to Develop transitioned to an organization rooted in education.[22]

The GoAbroad Foundation began partnering with Determined to Develop as a Beneficiary Organization Partner in September 2019, after being introduced to their programs and mission through the Give Together Program outreach program.[23]


  1. ^ "Determined to Develop Home Page". Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  2. ^ "About Determined to Develop". Archived from the original on 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Support Malawi redevelopment with food trucks, music, art this weekend". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Avon Lake graduate bringing education to Malawi, Africa". Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  5. ^ "Determined to Develop". Determined to Develop. Retrieved 2019-12-23.
  6. ^ "Malawi Research Practicum on Rights & Development". University of Dayton. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  7. ^ Thrasher, Don; Alex Perry, Contributing Writer. "5 things to know about Malawi Music Fest". daytondailynews. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  8. ^ Machi, Vivienne. "Support Malawi redevelopment with food trucks, music, art this weekend". dayton. Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  9. ^ "Determined to Develop - Matt Maroon". Archived from the original on 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  10. ^ "University of Dayton Magazine Winter 2014-15 Page 40". Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  11. ^ "Determined to Develop". University of Dayton. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  12. ^ "D2D, women's empowerment and sewing lessons". Lattitude Global Volunteering. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  13. ^ US Airways Magazine, October 2014
  14. ^ University of Dayton Magazine, Autumn 2013
  15. ^ "Chilumba, Malawi : University of Dayton, Ohio". Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  16. ^ "Overview : University of Dayton, Ohio". Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  17. ^ "Determined to Develop : University of Dayton, Ohio". Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  18. ^ "Determined to Develop Malawi, Africa - Wasambo Boy's High School". Determined to Develop Malawi. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Wasambo Boys High School - Malawi, Africa".
  20. ^ "Water System Design Sets Stage for New Campus in Malawi, Africa". Benesch. 2019-09-26. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  21. ^ "Guidestar Determined to Develop". Retrieved 2019-12-19.
  22. ^ "Determined to Develop Malawi, Africa - Our History". Determined to Develop. Retrieved 2019-12-23.
  23. ^ "Determined to Develop". GoAbroad Foundation. Retrieved 2019-12-22.