Malawi

Country Info

CARE established operations in Malawi in 1998. Malawi is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa, with a population of almost 16 million people, half of whom are below the age of 15. CARE’s programs include food security, agriculture, health, education, and social and economic empowerment, especially for women.

Our Work in Malawi

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.

Microfinance

There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

HIV & AIDS

Poverty is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.

Agriculture

By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Climate Change

Climate change threatens the very survival of people living in poverty all over the world.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Violence Against Women

Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive and yet least-recognized human rights abuses.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

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Getting Communities Involved In Setting Priorities and Gathering Data

Malawi Floods

CARE Delivering Relief to Flood-Affected People

Getting Communities Involved In Setting Priorities and Gathering Data

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CARE believes in putting communities in the driver's seat to determine what projects should do, and if it's working to meet community needs.  One tool we use to accomplish this is the Participatory Performance Tracker (PPT).  This tool allows groups and individuals to evaluate project outcomes, behavior change, and barriers to success.  Groups at the community level compare objectives to outcomes, to hold themselves, their leaders, and CARE accountable for the goals we've set.  Outside facilitators work with groups to evaluate group dynamics and performance.  To effectively use the PPT, gro

Pathways to Empowerment Increases Food Security For 50,000 Women Farmers

With the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE’s Pathways Program is based on the conviction that women farmers possess enormous potential to contribute to long-term food security for their families and substantially impact nutritional outcomes in sustainable ways.

Moms Most Likely To: Change the Whole Village

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Matongwe is the name of a Mothers Group in Suza zone in Malawi. Matongwe is one of several groups that have taken an increasingly active role in supporting the students and school in their village. Mothers Group members have many activities. They divide themselves into smaller groups and go house-to-house in the community to encourage absentee students to regularly go to school. They advocate for a focus on of girls’ interests in School Improvement Plans (SIP). They also assist children in need with basic school needs such as notebooks, school uniforms, pencils, pens, and other sundries.

Malawi Floods Worsen the Plight of Aida Marko

Even before the devastating floods in Malawi, Aida Marko, a 39-year old woman from Chawanje village in Ntcheu District had more than enough to worry about. Losing her house and a promising crop to floods worsened her situation.

For starters, Aida is a single mother struggling to single handedly raise her seven children. She has no reliable means of livelihood and earns money by doing piece work in other people’s farms.

Malawi Floods: CARE Delivering Relief to Flood-Affected People

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Over 638,000 people affected, 79 dead and 1.5 million people in need of food assistance

LILONGWE, Malawi- January, 28, 2015- Malawi is experiencing one of the worst floods in 20 years that has destroyed people’s homes, crops and livelihoods. CARE is distributing food to 3,279 flood-affected households in Ntcheu District and will expand distribution of relief supplies in four districts before the end of the week.

Malawi Floods: Loss in time of Rescue

“It was at midnight when we heard a roaring sound and quickly we noticed that the house was filling with water. In no time the water was knee-high and I immediately decided to climb to the roof top of the house with my two children, Manesi and Marita. I heard people screaming in the neighborhood. Some were climbing trees but we climbed on the roof top of our grass thatched house,” recounts Grace Lawrence, a 20-year-old woman from Nyachikanda village who is also eight months pregnant, on experiencing the devastating floods in Malawi.

CARE Village Savings and Loan Associations Surpass 4 Million Members

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Microfinance groups first developed by CARE in 1991 featured in new book by Pulitzer Prize-winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

ATLANTA  — A savings-led microfinance program pioneered by the humanitarian organization CARE in Africa has surpassed an important milestone — 4 million members — and is highlighted in a book about the science of giving released this week by Pulitzer Prize-winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

Venus Williams Teams with CARE; Invites Fans to Help Empower Young Women in Africa

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Tennis star launches a campaign with Join My Village to provide expanded education opportunities for young women in Africa; challenges her fans around the world to help 

ATLANTA – Tennis champion Venus Williams is partnering with CARE, one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, to raise awareness of and encourage support for girls’ education in the developing world by supporting programs in Kenya and Malawi. 

She Walked Her Talk

CARE’s Nutrition Foundations for Mothers and Children project, locally known as Maziko (“Foundation” in the local language), is working in the central region of Malawi. It is a nutrition-focused project targeting pregnant and nursing mothers and children under 5. The project organizes cooking and feeding demonstrations in the Kasungu district. The goal of the demonstrations is to impart skills and knowledge in processing locally available nutritious foods.

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