Malawi

In more than 800 communities throughout Malawi, Feed the Children is devoted to early childhood development.

Malawi is known as “The Warm Heart of Africa” because of the kindness of its people. This landlocked nation in East Africa is home to Lake Malawi, and it lies along the Great Rift Valley.  Malawians often face significant hardship. Most families in Malawi rely on agriculture for their income, and HIV/AIDS continues to devastate the population which causes many children to lose their parents and siblings.

However, the nation is continuing to show signs of improvement. Throughout the last few decades, childhood mortality has decreased and children live longer with more opportunities to succeed in life. Malawians are resilient and through a holistic, community-based approach, we are helping families improve their future. To learn more about how Feed the Children works in Malawi and in other African countries, read our 2015 Africa Annual Report.

In partnership with USAID and other key partners, our work in Malawi specifically helps provide young children, adolescent girls, and mothers with the tools they need to improve their nutritional status – particularly through our community-based childcare centers. You can find information on our alliance with USAID and other corporate partners here.

Malawi Basics

Population
18 million
Poverty Rate
50.7%
Life Expectancy
63.9 years
Kids with Stunted Growth
37%
Average Years of Schooling
4.4 years

Food & Nutrition

At Feed the Children, we believe mothers are the best qualified to create community improvement in the important area of childhood nutrition. Through community-based childcare centers and our Care Group model, we promote proper nutrition to help children prevent diseases, thrive educationally, and achieve economic success. We work to better address community needs through growth monitoring of the young children and coaching mothers to adjust behaviors for their child’s nutritional benefit.

In addition, we help communities meet the immediate nutritional needs of children by providing vitamins, food supplements, and deworming medication.

Health & Water

In Malawi, many illnesses can be avoided through low-cost sanitation initiatives. Our Care Groups provide groups of mothers with regular health education training. After training, mothers communicate their knowledge of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices to their neighbor groups. Through this approach, mothers are encouraged to communicate best practices and behavioral change to improve child development outcomes.

Education

Physical barriers can often prevent children from attending and excelling in school. We help all children reach their full educational potential by addressing those barriers.

By providing regular school meals, children can remain attentive throughout the day. School gardens support our meals programs and create sustainability. Children are able to enroll and attend school with the help of school scholarships, classroom materials and shoes.

Livelihoods

We promote the use of livestock and household gardens as sources of additional food diversity and income in Malawi communities. When trees bear fruit and animals reproduce, these resources can be sold to other local families. This process creates a cycle of sustainability, improving the food security.

Through Village Savings and Loan groups, we help communities become economically self-reliant through savings and investments among individuals. These groups are made up of community members who regularly contribute savings and distribute loans to other members for livelihood-improvement tools. These groups provide business opportunities that would otherwise not be possible for those in need.

Take Action

Sponsor a Child in Malawi

Sponsoring a child in Malawi helps that child and also the entire community. Your monthly gift helps us create a community where no child goes to bed hungry. You can make sure one child eats nourishing food, drinks clean water from a source near their home, and goes to school where they learn and develop leadership skills. It also helps start family businesses. Most important, it gives these kids the chance to dream about a brighter tomorrow and make that dream a reality.

Your $34 a month will change the life of a child and his or her community forever!

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