Approximately 1.5 million boys and girls in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe have been affected by the devastating impact of Cyclone Idai. Many rescued children and families have not had access to food and water for days. A drastic spike in malaria cases has been reported. Contaminated water has led to over 1,700 cholera cases. Thousands of people are still missing with fears that many children are left unaccompanied and vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Your donation can provide lifesaving relief and help keep children safe.

Help Save Children in Malawi

Life is difficult for children in Malawi: 500,000 children have lost one or both parents to HIV and AIDS. They have limited access to health and nutrition services. There is an acute shortage of teachers and physical infrastructure. Many children don’t finish elementary school because they can’t afford school supplies, they’re needed for labor at home and they fear for their safety while at school.

Emergency Alert

Cyclone Idai has caused catastrophic damage in and around the port city of Beira, Mozambique where some 150 square miles are under water. Areas of Zimbabwe and Malawi, also under water, have been devastated as well.

Children and families have lost everything. They are struggling to find clean water to drink, shelter, food and essentials. Hundreds of thousands of girls and boys in all three countries are extremely vulnerable to diseases and malnutrition. Children are at risk of being exploited, especially if they have been separated from their families.

The disaster is one of the worst in southern Africa in decades. Save the Children has a long history of working in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. We are responding to Cyclone Idai with emergency assistance. We need your generous gift to help protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families affected by the storm.

Learn more about Cyclone Idai, including fact, figures and how to help.

The Challenges for Children in Malawi

Living in poverty, without access to quality healthcare or education, children in Malawi need your help.*

  • 55% of girls 15 and older are literate
  • 18% of school-age children are out of school
  • 55 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 39% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 51% of people live in poverty
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Our Work for Children in Malawi

Save the Children has worked in Malawi since 1983. We work directly or through partners in over a dozen districts. We seek to ensure that children in need are protected, healthy and nourished, educated and live in economically secure households, while helping communities mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS. Save the Children is also working to make education more accessible and equal. We increase children’s access to basic education, help children stay in school and enhance the quality of education.

Working closely with local communities in Malawi, Save the Children designs Sponsorship programs to help vulnerable children from early childhood to early adulthood — giving them a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm along the way. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs. Our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers.

Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school.

  • Protected 84,618 children from harm
  • Supported 1,059,874 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 965,547 children with a healthy start in life
  • Helped 849,399 families feed their children
  • Gave 170,153 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Malawi

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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