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:
  • 1,000 families in our programme for extremely poor families can access food and income aid
  • 530 children have been impacted by World Vision’s work on policy changes for vulnerable populations
  • 2,547  children's group members were actively involved
  • 871 teenagers in our programme took part in community projects
  • 29,089 girls and boys took part in faith-based activities

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Malawi funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 8,960 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 319,172 community members and medical staff were given personal protective equipment like soap, hygiene kits, and gloves
  • 63 health facilities were given training or supplies as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 26,580 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
  • 6,844 community members were given food assistance as part of our COVID-19 response

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Malawi, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 1,133 caregivers of children between six months and age two learned healthy feeding practices for infants beyond 6-12 months
  • 1,845 young people aged 5-24 have completed age-appropriate training in reproductive health and HIV/AIDS
  • 995 kids under age 5 suffering from diarrhoea were treated
  • 5,332 pregnant women and mothers of infants received counseling on the benefits of breastfeeding longer than 6-12 months
  • 552 newborns in our programme received essential care at birth

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Malawi funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 2,552 school-age orphans and vulnerable children who are registered in our programs are currently attending school
  • 2,132 books with local stories in the local language were given to reading camps
  • 2,618 children are enrolled and attending preschool and kindergarten
  • 6,172 kids now go to after-school literacy activities
  • 12,005 girls and boys in Grades 1 to 3 took part in our literacy programme

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Malawi funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 630 community members learned about the environment and climate change
  • 612 farmers learned how to store crops, control pests, and save seeds
  • 100 people learned how to manage their land and protect natural resources
  • 2,274 farmers were trained in more effective agricultural techniques
  • 1,657 women and men are active members of a local savings group

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Malawi funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 5 have somewhere students and teachers can wash their hands with soap
  • 1,409 students who went to our hygiene training have put what they learned into practise

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Malawi funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.