Almost 3 million people in Southeast Africa, including Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, are affected by floods from Cyclone Idai. World Vision staff are rushing to provide shelter, food, and clean water to children and families in need.
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.
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.
- Through drama and poetry, children in Malawi learned about child protection, their right to education, and how to fight child labor. In addition, community leaders were trained to advocate for children's education.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- In Malawi, access to safe water sources was increased by installing water tanks to store safe chlorinated drinking water, and by drilled or rehabilitating boreholes in communities that previously had poor access to clean water.
- Through a collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Malawi, health assistants were monitored and trained to provide timely treatment of children for common childhood illnesses such as malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia.
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.
- Teachers in Malawi attended training's where they learned new methods to improve children's literacy through the Literacy Boost* model. Parents learned how to support their children's education with locally available resources. After they are trained, parents act as volunteers to support reading camps in their communities. *Literacy Boost is a copyrighted tool designed, developed, and owned by Save the Children.
- Through a collaboration with communities and local officials in Malawi, new classrooms were constructed. Students no longer have their classes outside and enrollment has increased. Some schools were also provided with desks, chairs and drinking water facilities, which motivated more students to attend and stay in schools.
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.
Children's protection from hunger, made worse by the drought and recent pest infestations.
News from Malawi
Children with disabilities face barriers that often hinder them from receiving proper nutrition, humanitarian aid, or other basic services. We believe every child deserves the chance to reach their God-given potential. Join us to pray for children with disabilities.
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