Malawi

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In over 800 communities throughout Malawi, we work hard to make sure no child goes to bed hungry.

Source: U.S. Embassy, Lilongwe. Rendered Homeless.

More than 8 in 10 people in Malawi make a living in agriculture. Children here are just one drought or one especially bad rainy season away from going hungry. This country, located in southeastern Africa, is one of the poorest nations on the continent.

People in Malawi don’t lose heart, despite how shaky their lives are. Malawi is “The Warm Heart of Africa,” its people are the most friendly on the continent. They take great pride in the natural beauty of their land. From the Great Rift Valley that runs north to south to Lake Malawi that lies in the eastern portion of the country, Malawi has much to offer.

Because of the poverty, children in Malawi cannot expect to make it to their fifth birthdays. Those who do are very likely to live with a disease like HIV/AIDS or lose one or more of their parents to the disease. And there’s a good chance they’ll never go beyond primary school.

To learn more about how Feed the Children works in Malawi and other African countries, read our 2015 Africa Annual Report.

Malawi Basics

Population
16 million
Poverty Rate
52%
Life Expectancy
53 years
Kids in Our Programs
80,000
Deworming Pills Given Each Year
4.8 million

Food & Nutrition

Feed the Children’s feeding programs focus on the most vulnerable in Malawi, especially those under the age of 5. The sooner we reach malnourished children, the better their chances are of reaching their fifth birthday.

We’ve developed a Community-Based Childcare Center model in Malawi, which allows us to feed over 80,000 kids in 847 centers every day. These centers also help children get ready for elementary (primary) school. Through care groups, we teach women to teach other women how to keep healthy during pregnancy, give their children healthy food and learn how to care for them when they get sick.

Health & Water

Children need clean water. Through a partnership with Procter & Gamble, Feed the Children provides water treatment packages to children and their families. These packages purify unsafe water at the point of use so that 27,000 children can drink without worrying that the water will make them sick.

Through our Community-Based Childcare Centers, we teach families about safe water and hygiene so they can stay healthy. We also give 4.8 million deworming pills every year, and provide shoes in more than 800 communities to prevent soilborne parasites.

Education

At school, we feed children nourishing food so they can learn without their bellies growling. Our Community-Based Childcare Centers provide early childhood education and serve as central hubs from which we reach entire communities. We give scholarships to 100 secondary education students to help them finish high school.

According to UNICEF, 80,000 Malawians die of HIV/AIDS each year, so Feed the Children provides education and training for those living with HIV/AIDS and their families. We help parents better fight this disease and teach them how to avoid infecting their children.

Livelihoods

Through more than 1,620 village savings and loan programs, we help people in communities without a financial system save and invest in new businesses. We teach the people about the program, and those who choose to join elect one of their own to keep records. The money they save and the small loans they give one another help them build and expand businesses that would not be possible otherwise. These programs currently have more than 33,000 members.

We also help families improve the way they farm to be more efficient. One successful program features goats. By requiring families who receive a goat to pay it forward to another family, the benefits of raising goats spread quickly throughout a community.

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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