Working With Children in Malawi


Cyclone Idai causes loss of life and widespread destruction across Malawi

On March 14th, Cyclone Idai devastated areas of Malawi when it made landfall in neighbouring Mozambique. Flooding in the country has now caused loss of life and displacement. At last report, 56 people are reported dead, with 672 injured. More than 975,000 people, including three Canadian-sponsored communities, have been impacted. An estimated 100,000 people have been displaced. About 500,000 children have been affected and their well-being is at stake.

Donate now to help vulnerable children and their families affected by this crisis with life-saving essentials like food, hygiene kits and more. Your gift will also help establish safe spaces for children to meet their physical and emotional needs during this crisis.

World Vision Canada is on the ground providing immediate assistance to our sponsored communities Mpama, Mposa and Chamba-Molombo, including the distribution of more than 500 kg of chlorine for water treatment. Due to the ongoing recovery effort, there may be short-term delays affecting the processing of sponsor correspondence and Special Gifts sent to those communities.

Over the entire affected area of Malawi, World Vision has also distributed tarpaulins to 18,000 households, food to 19,000 households and clothing to 1,000 children, among other work.

Disasters of this magnitude are especially frightening and traumatic for children. World Vision is working to protect both their physical and psychosocial needs. To date, one child-friendly space has been opened in the affected region and benefits 300 children. Children will also be at-risk of hunger, injury and death from the devastating floods. We are monitoring the situation and working with local communities to provide supplies to those impacted. We are also leveraging partnerships with various UN agencies, communities, donors and faith- and community-based organizations to respond to the crisis.

For more information, please call us at 1-800-654-2650.

World Vision Malawi has been implementing relief, development and advocacy interventions in the country for more than 35 years. Our goal is to directly improve the wellbeing of 1.5 million children in Malawi and indirectly support another 4 million people.

Through our maternal and child health programming, we ensure that children and mothers are well nourished, protected from preventable diseases and have access to essential health services. Our peer-to-peer mothers program helps women support each other in preparing nutritious food with technical assistance from World Vision staff. Other pillars of our work are helping children be successful in school, promoting food security and resilience to climate conditions, and bolstering household income. 

Your impact in Malawi

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:

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


  • 1,206 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 10,453 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 35 survivors of abuse, including 33 cases of child marriage, received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 6,809 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 73 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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

  • 195,142 people benefited from food aid, helping them fight hunger and malnutrition
  • 20,979 children were vaccinated to protect them against preventable diseases
  • 25 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 345 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 4,274 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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

  • 2,000 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 304 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 4 schools were renovated and 1 others received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students, others received classroom tools and resources, were renovated
  • 6,679 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 70 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 1,671 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 146 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 160 farmers received inputs like livestock, seeds and tools, to increase their ability to produce more nutritious food and market the excess for a regular income
  • 2,773 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 4,591 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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