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Why World Vision is in Malawi
In 2015 severe flooding as well as drought destroyed crops and livelihoods, causing serious food shortages that continue to threaten children. Malawi’s president has appealed for international support to avert a crisis as millions of people don’t have enough food to last until the next harvest. World Vision responded to the flooding by distributing food, malaria-preventing bed nets, blankets, and other essentials to more than 90,000 people. We also partnered with UNICEF to set up tent schools for children living in displacement camps. For the long term, we are helping families become more resilient to disasters, and strengthening food security. Because so many children in Malawi are suffering from malnutrition, our health programs prioritize nutrition education and nutritional recovery programs that can help children grow and thrive.
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.
- To help families provide for their children, we organized trainings for farmers on natural resource management and how to link to markets to increase their profits.
- We worked with volunteers and community groups to monitor children's well-being and empowered local leaders to recognize and report signs of child abuse and child rights violations.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- New mothers and pregnant women attended our sessions on proper nutrition during pregnancy, the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, and preparing healthy meals for toddlers using nutritious local ingredients.
- We built and rehabilitated local water sources to increase access to potable water, and also held awareness campaigns on safe hygiene and water practices to improve child health.
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.
- To improve literacy for schoolchildren, we trained teachers on the Literacy Boost method. This method uses student assessment, reading camps, and locally-created learning materials to help children strengthen their reading skills and comprehension.
- We organized reading camps for students as a way to supplement learning in the classroom and to help improve their literacy rates.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- Following Christ's example, we worked alongside children and families to change lives, promote peace and understanding, and demonstrate God's unconditional love.
Prayer Requests from Malawi
World Vision's staff in Malawi are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
More water resources to be built and rehabilitated to meet increasing needs.
Malawians trying to run businesses who must deal with power outages.
News from Malawi
A cholera outbreak is spreading through Malawi, threatening children and a population that’s already plagued by food shortages.
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