Help 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.

The Challenges for Children in Malawi

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

  • 51% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 18 dies before their 5th birthday - 8 times that of the United States
  • 37% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 18% of school-age children are out of school
  • 39% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 24% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 7 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 45% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
Map of Malawi

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 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 monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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