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Malawi is a small landlocked country, which is often described as 'The Warm Heart of Africa'. It is home to 16 million people and has a varied landscape of highlands, mountains and plains. The climate is sub-tropical with a rainy season from November to May and a dry season from June to October. It is one of the poorest countries in the world with three out of every four people living on less than $1.50 a day. It also struggles with high levels of illiteracy, a heavy burden of disease and inadequate healthcare facilities and equipment.
Child Sponsorship programs in Malawi
Save the Children has worked with local communities and organisations to deliver sponsorship programs in Malawi since 1993. Our work is tailored to improve the health, education and well-being of children.
Working with families, children and communities to help them create lasting change for future generations is an essential part of Child Sponsorship programming in Malawi. Save the Children staff design and implement programs that address specific needs and work across the following four core areas:
Early Childhood Care and Development
Supporting children during their early years is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty. Children who participate in Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) activities are far better prepared, and more likely to succeed, when they reach school. In Malawi, we support quality preschools, early literacy programs and parent training to give young children a strong foundation for their future education and development.
In Malawi, Save the Children works to overcome the barriers children face in getting a quality education. We provide teacher training, support literacy and numeracy programs, and help to engage the community in education. We also construct and renovate classrooms, provide educational materials and support parent-teacher associations.
School Health and Nutrition
Children in Malawi struggle with numerous preventable and treatable illnesses, such as malaria, anaemia and worm infestation. So, with the motto "learn to be healthy and be healthy to learn," our School Health and Nutrition programs work with Malawi's education systems to deliver basic health services and promote life-long nutrition and hygiene habits. These initiatives improve the well-being of children and keep them in school. They also give children the energy and skills they need to learn and succeed.
In Malawi, we work with young people to help them make a positive transition from childhood to adulthood. In particular, our Adolescent Development programs focus on reproductive and sexual health. We train health care providers and produce materials to help Malawi's adolescents as they grow up. We also organise youth clubs to help them build life skills, manage money and develop social skills. These programs help young people make responsible and informed choices that empower them to become resilient and healthy adults.