The needs in Mposa

Thousands of school-age children in Mposa are not enrolled in school, and dropout rates are high. This is largely due to the poor quality of education and classroom environment. Classrooms are overcrowded and dilapidated, and most teachers are untrained. Most children start Grade 1 with no preparation. Of 3,718 children under five in the area, only 867 attend preschool centres where they can learn and develop.

Parent-teacher associations and school management committees lack the training necessary to improve the quality of education. Many parents are not educated - 38% of people in the region are illiterate " and most are not actively involved in their children's education. Orphans in particular do not have the support they need to stay in school. More girls than boys drop out " and many are encouraged to marry early.

Health Care
Many children in Mposa suffer and die from preventable and waterborne diseases like malaria, respiratory infections, and diarrhea. Health statistics in the area are poor. Infant mortality is higher, and life expectancy is lower, than the national averages. Residents often struggle to access health services, like growth monitoring and immunization, for their children.

38% of child deaths in Mposa are malnutrition-related. Children are malnourished because they lack a variety of healthy foods, and because parents lack adequate information on child nutrition.

The Mposa community has been decimated by AIDS. HIV prevalence in the area is over 12%. Health workers and impoverished families are stretched beyond their capacity to care for all the sick.

Many parents have died, leaving a large number of orphans and children in need. These children are vulnerable to exploitation. Girls are often forced into early marriages, and boys are required to work in the rice paddies or risk their lives fishing on Lake Chilwa.

Water and Sanitation
Many families get their drinking water from open water sources that are easily contaminated. Inadequate latrines cause the spread of waterborne diseases, especially during heavy rains and flooding. This has a serious impact on the health of young children, as it makes them more susceptible to disease.
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Mposa'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 Mposa community is located in southern Malawi, within the Lake Chilwa wetland. This area is widely recognized for its biological importance, as it supports an estimated 350,000 birds, plus other wildlife like hippopotami and crocodiles. The climate is hot, with temperatures usually ranging between 23℃ and 35℃ . Seasonal flooding and waterlogging are common problems. At the other extreme, the area sometimes experiences drought.

The majority of families practice farming to meet their daily needs. However, flooding and drought destroy crops that families depend on for food and income. Most households earn less than one dollar a day.
  • 40 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 180 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 8 children with disabilities were supported with medical care, accessibility upgrades and equipment        
  • 1,709 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 3,944 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 44 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 2,932 parents and caregivers learned how to provide proper nutrition to their children and protect them from diseases
  • 31 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 301 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 2,545 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • 804 children were vaccinated to protect themselves against preventable diseases
  • 1,437 children received deworming medications and vitamins to improve their health
  • 137 women delivered their babies safely, with the help of a skilled birth attendant
  • 428 children and women received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika
  • 100 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 1,380 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 69 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 4,800 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 2 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Renovate and construct classrooms and preschools.
  • Educate parents on the importance of education, especially for girls and preschool-age children.
  • Organize children's committees to give children a voice in issues that affect them.
  • Establish community-led adult education, youth entrepreneurship programs, and savings and credit groups.
  • Organize training for teachers, parent-teacher associations, and school committees.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Train community health committees to conduct health education campaigns on nutrition, hygiene, and the prevention and treatment of common illnesses.
  • Organize sessions for parents on preparing healthy meals using locally available nutritious foods.
  • Establish community gardens for growing indigenous vegetables year-round.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Educate community members of all ages in preventing the spread of HIV.
  • Support health care workers to conduct community education on HIV and AIDS, including the prevention of mother-to-child transmission.
  • Enhance church- and community-led care and support for orphans and people living with HIV and AIDS.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Construct and maintain clean water sources and sanitary latrines.

Explore Mposa

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Mposa, Malawi is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.