Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, the majority of the population earn a living as subsistence farmers, leaving them vulnerable to drought and disease. 74% of the population live below the poverty line on less than $1.25 a day.
Malawi also has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. As a direct result it is home to an estimated 1.1 million orphans and it is common to find families where the eldest sibling is the head of the household. Poor education and limited vocational training courses, means that there are few opportunities for Malawians to improve their own lives.
Malawi however is known as the “Warm Heart” of Africa. This is because despite the day to day challenges the people face, they are known across the world for the friendliness, their kind natures and their humbling generosity.
Blantyre has a population of roughly two million people, known unofficially as the commercial capital of Malawi, the city is the capital of the Southern region, as well as of the Blantyre District.
We work with ten impoverished communities in the semi-urban and rural area surrounding Blantyre. The first community we worked with is Pensulo, a village 10km outside of Blantyre, where we have established a Secondary School, Community Based Child Care Centre, a Maize Mill, Maternity Clinic and much more.