Malawi

Why World Vision is in Malawi


The drought spreading through much of Africa has caused severe food shortages in Malawi since 2016. Destructive foresting practices are also worsening the drought conditions—as the soil absorbs water less effectively, farming becomes more difficult. Because Malawi uses hydro-powered electricity, the drought also caused blackouts and power shortages. With no power, small-scale businesses often had to shut down, and dairy farmers in particular were affected, since they couldn’t refrigerate their products. These factors didn’t help the chronic malnourishment and lack of food that stunt a third of Malawian children’s growth. Your support is helping us provide short- and long-term emergency assistance to the families hit hardest by the drought’s effects. Working with partnerships, we brought emergency resources of food and water to those most in need, so families and communities can get back on the path to flourishing. Your support also means our work is transforming education and health for children in vulnerable communities. As we’re improving water and education together, kids are given tools to fulfill their God-given potential.

We never give up on people

World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Malawi

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Youth are empowered to speak about issues important to them during community planning meetings. They are working to improve their community by ending child marriage, identifying and reporting child abuse, and getting kids back in school.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • More children have access to safe drinking water after World Vision drilled 111 new boreholes and repaired 46 water systems. Also, more than 21,000 people now have access to good sanitation facilities, including latrines, helping to protect them from diseases like diarrhea and cholera.
  • More girls and boys are protected from malaria after they received insecticide-treated bed nets—one of the best ways to prevent malaria in children.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • Through reading clubs and literacy camps equipped with books and reading materials, children have better support to learn to read and write.
  • Nearly 5,000 preschool-aged children attended early education classes, easing their transition into kindergarten through activities that fostered their development and exposed them to a classroom environment.

Prayer Requests from Malawi

World Vision's staff in Malawi are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Children's protection from cholera.

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  • Children's protection from hunger, made worse by the drought and recent pest infestations.

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News from Malawi

From the Field

A day in the life of a Malawi water drilling team

Spend a day with a drill crew in Malawi that works 90% of the year on the road, away from their families. They cook their own food. They wash their own clothes, always covered mud after a long day at work. They live in tents and sit on overturned buckets instead of on chairs. And yet, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

From the Field

2019 Cyclone Idai: Facts, FAQs, and how to help

Catastrophic flooding from Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth affected close to 2.2 million people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Idai and Kenneth were two of the top five worst storms to ever hit Mozambique. Together, they’ve caused an unprecedented amount of damage. World Vision staff are providing shelter, food, and clean water to families in need.