Working With Children in Malawi

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. 

  • We equipped volunteers and community leaders to monitor children's well-being and to recognize and report signs of child abuse and child rights violations.
  • 7,469 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 60 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 37 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families

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

  • 13,617 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 785 malnourished children in Malawi were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 10,999 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • 7,600 children and women received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika

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

  • To improve literacy for schoolchildren, we trained teachers on the Literacy Boost method which involves student assessments, reading camps and locally-created learning materials.
  • 467 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children in Malawi
  • 2,860 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 6,664 children and youths are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps

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

  • 4,852 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 1,300 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
  • 501 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 868 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families

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