Chamba'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 Chamba community is located in Southern Malawi, near the shores of Lake Chilwa. The area includes lowlands within the lake's drainage basin, as well as plains. The climate is hot, with temperatures ranging between 23℃ and 35℃ . Seasonal waterlogging and flooding are common problems, which cause damage to crops and homes. On the other extreme, communities experience periods of drought that wither crops in the fields.

Typical homes are constructed from clay bricks, with grass-thatched roofs. Most families practice subsistence farming. People of different tribes and faiths co-exist, and have built a culture of caring. However, their efforts are hampered by widespread HIV and AIDS and extreme poverty.
Child Protection
  • 10,453 community members learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 15 children were rescued from early marriage thanks to the child protection systems established by the community
  • 32 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 1 school was renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 2,140 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 3,601 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 82 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 900 sets of teaching resources like stories were developed locally so children can learn from culturally relevant content
  • 2,100 parents learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 78 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 920 people learned about sexual and reproductive health, including how to prevent and manage HIV and STIs
  • 930 people received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika
  • 110 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs

Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018
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 about 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.
  • Mobilize the establishment of 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 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 Chamba

current conditions

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

The needs in Chamba

Thousands of school-age children in Chamba are not enrolled in school, and dropout rates are high. This is largely due to the poor quality of curriculum and school environments. 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. Primary school dropout rates are high, especially for girls, and the school retention rate is just 9.3% " much lower than the national rate of 39%. Hundreds of orphans are at risk of dropping out of school due to poverty and lack of support.

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
It is difficult for many residents in Chamba to access good health care services. Due to a lack of early care centres, many children are not able to receive growth monitoring and immunization. Parents are also not frequently educated in nutrition, which leaves them unable to take full advantage of the locally available foods in their area. This also can cause children to suffer from malnutrition, and become more vulnerable to common, preventable illnesses.

The Chamba 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 in Chamba 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 they are very susceptible to disease.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Chamba, 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.