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.

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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.

  • More than 18,000 people participated in savings groups, which offer basic financial services and help increase parents' income and ability to provide for their children.
  • Farmers were trained in improved methods such as planting high-yield, nutritious crops; conservation agriculture; proper post-harvest crop handling; and livestock management.
  • We worked with volunteers and community groups to monitor children's well-being and empowered local leaders and parents to recognize and report signs of child abuse and child rights violations, including early marriage.

  • As a result of advocacy efforts and awareness campaigns, boys and girls are returning to school after dropping out to work or get married.
  • We formed savings groups, composed mostly of women, who reported they could improve their homes, pay their children’s school fees, and buy livestock, food, and clothing. Saving groups also supported their communities, such as by improving housing for vulnerable children and the elderly.
  • We taught farmers new marketing, business, and technical skills to help increase production and boost their prices for their products. Working with lead farmers and market facilitators, we helped enhance farmer-to-farmer extension programs and improve access to local markets.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • To improve child nutrition, we worked with local health clinics to conduct community nutrition programs and therapeutic feeding programs. We also held awareness campaigns to increase parents' knowledge of nutrition and promote prenatal care.
  • We assisted local health clinics in conducting campaigns to promote and provide vaccinations, deworming medication, and Vitamin A supplements for healthy vision and strong immune systems.
  • Health education campaigns were held to raise awareness of how to prevent, recognize, and treat the top killers of children: malaria, diarrhea, and acute respiratory illness.

  • To increase access to clean water and decrease waterborne illness, we built and repaired borehole wells.
  • Children and families in Malawi are experiencing a better quality of life, as health and nutrition improve with the arrival of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.
  • We are implementing several gravity-fed piped-water systems to pipe water to hard-to-reach communities.
  • We installed new wells and water points, rehabilitated existing wells, and built sanitation and handwashing facilities.

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.

  • Parent Teacher Associations and school management committees were trained in advocacy, empowering them to monitor teachers, mobilize resources for their schools, and lobby the Department of Education for more qualified teachers.
  • We supported early childhood development centers to prepare young children for success in school.
  • Through our partnership with charity:water, schools were provided with improved toilets, hand-washing stations, and clean water from new or repaired borehole wells. In addition, students were taught healthy hygiene and sanitation practices. The construction of separate toilets for girls encourages girls to remain in school.

  • Teachers were trained in methods for teaching children to read and write, taught how to produce locally relevant reading materials, and equipped with reading materials for their schools. We also conducted after-school reading programs with community volunteers.

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.

  • We partnered with local churches, pastors, and faith-based organizations to nurture children's spiritual growth, offering school Bible clubs and other faith formation activities.

Prayer Requests from Malawi

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

  • Good growing conditions during the planting season and abundant harvests.


  • Pastors and faith-based organizations in Malawi that are helping us minister to children physically and spiritually.


News from Malawi

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