Mpama's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Mpama (pronounced Mm-pah-mah) community is located in one of the most highly populated and poorest districts in Malawi. It is approximately 32 kilometres from Blantyre, the major centre for the region. The community lies in the shadow of Chiradzulu Mountain, with some areas situated in the highlands and hills and others in the dambo, a seasonal wetland.

The area has experienced soil erosion as a result of deforestation and erratic rainfall, which means water is unreliable for personal use and agriculture. This greatly affects the people of Mpama because more than 90% of families make their living off the land. People live in simple grass-thatched homes made from sticks, wood, or bricks. Although there are mixed ethnic groups in the area, the main groups are the Lomwe and Yao. Chichewa is the dominant language.
Child Protection
  • 1 child survivor of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover
  • 30 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 7 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment
  • 1 school received classroom tools and resources to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 1,216 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 61 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 1,206 people are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 1,134 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 162 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 209 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 25 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 1,206 people were trained on practices to preserve and manage the environment and its resources
  • 200 goats were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 221 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 572 people received farm animals from other community members as part of a livestock pass-on program
  • 60 pigs were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 68 beehives were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018