Working With Children in Malawi

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.


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.

  • 1,000 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance children's rights and create positive changes for children
  • 7,112 children received guidance on their spiritual journey to discover, understand and grow their relationship with God
  • 7 plans of action were developed to enhance community development and child well being
  • 605 pairs of boots were shipped, protecting children’s health and allowing many to go to school
  • 4,061 items of clothing were shipped to help children access their right to an adequate standard of living
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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

  • 3,600,000 tablets of life-saving medicationwere shipped to stock medical clinics
  • 30 parents and caregivers learned about proper nutrition, common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 223 people received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika
  • 84,633 people including children benefited from food aid
  • 3,757 metric tons of food were distributed to children and families affected by hunger
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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

  • 2,761 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 10,737 children are participating in reading clubs to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 100 materials were provided for classrooms to help children learn
  • 85,824 school supplies were shipped to support children's education
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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

  • 652 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 687 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 1,021 people are part of savings groups, helping them save money and learn about personal finance
  • 300 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 643 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Results include programs in partnership with the World Food Programme

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