Malawi

World Renew has been working in Malawi since 1989.

Malawi

World Renew has been working in Malawi since 1989.

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WHAT WE DO

Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries. Several issues continue to keep Malawi in poverty. These include drought, declining soil fertility, low levels of education, government corruption, high population density, flood, poor soil fertility, inflation, poor agricultural yield, and the pandemic spread of HIV/AIDS. 

Food Security

Economic Opportunity

Community Health

Peace and Justice

Disaster Response

COUNTRY COVID UPDATE

After over a year since the COVID-19 outbreak began, infections have stabilized for the time being and by April Malawi had received its first 360,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine with nearly 1 million more doses on the way. That being said, there are still struggles, such as the more contagious South African variant which is active in the country. Also with rampant misinformation about the vaccine, some people are fearful of scheduling an appointment. Please pray that accurate information is being disseminated and that the most vulnerable will be able to access the vaccine.

In addition, the new Malawi government is trying to tackle corruption related to the mismanagement of COVID funds in the last year. Please pray for reform and that the right leaders will come into power and start programs that will help the most vulnerable populations.

World Renew’s work in rural areas continues with a focus of generating economic opportunity and food security that can withstand the threat of COVID-19. In addition, our delivery of PPE to a local hospital enabled them to care for nearly 70,000 people impacted by COVID-19.

World Renew has successfully adapted our work in Malawi to accommodate COVID precautions and protect the communities we engage and our staff from exposure. Still, the impact of COVID-19 endures. Some estimates say humanitarian progress has been set back 25 years by this pandemic. Your gifts to Malawi go straight towards allowing World Renew to continue and, hopefully, scale up our programming in response. We can’t meet these needs without you.

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Partners In Malawi

Through CCAP, World Renew reaches out to communities throughout central Malawi. In these communities, church leaders are encouraged to form diaconal committees which encourages members of the church and community to work together to respond to challenges and needs in their community. Through working together to tackle community problems, communities become more resilient and empowered and are ready to tackle bigger challenges and help the most vulnerable in their community.

World Renew is also helping to improve the health of children and pregnant women in communities around one of Nkhoma’s health center which has high levels of malnutrition and stunting. Through working with CCAP’s health department, we are strengthening the health systems by providing additional trainings for community health staff and local village health volunteers. We also seek to improve the communities’ access to food by offering training on Climate Smart Agriculture/Conservation Agriculture. We promote drought resistant crops and encouraging families to grow food year round so that they have improved access to food.

World Renew has worked with Eagle Relief and Development, the development arm of the Living Waters Church International, since 2016. We currently have 2 projects with them. The first project helps local churches mobilize their community so that they can work together to address the challenges in their village. We help community members identify populations in their community that are vulnerable, as well as challenges that they can solve when they work together. Together, they identify and share the resources they need to address those challenges, and they unite together to advocate for services that are missing in their villages.

Eagles Relief also responded to the disasters in Malawi, by providing food and shelter that families need immediately after disasters. We are also working with Eagles to help communities be more prepared for disasters such as floods, draught and strong winds, which seems to be happening on an annual basis. We are also working with communities to adopt more climate resilient agriculture practices and access drought tolerant seeds so that they will be able to harvest food.

World Renew has been working with Word Alive since 2015 on a HIV prevention project. This behavior change intervention target girls (14-24 years old) who frequently sell goods to earn money and occasionally engage in transactional sex when they don’t earn enough money. By providing girls groups with adult mentors or female youth mentors, girls can gather to talk about challenges they face, support one another and receive correct information about their sexual reproductive health. Girls are encouraged to go to school while other learn skills so that they can start their own business or work for other people, thereby providing them with alternative livelihood options. This project seeks to confront the lies that it is ok and normal for girls to engage in transaction to earn money.

World Renew also address some of the challenges that cause girls to drop out of school. Often schools are not safe places for girls. They are propositions and pressured into relationship and/or sex by their male peers, as well as male teachers. Through Word Alive, we seek to highlight this in schools and help the school to engage in conversation about why this is not acceptable. We also help set up mechanism which girls and boys can go to if they experience or witness this occurring in their school.

Word Alive is also piloting a project which seeks to help one of their churches and their surrounding community to work with other churches to address challenges in their community. Through doing bible studies, members learn about how God provides all of us with resources to care for our neighbor and his creation. Through churches working with community, they are addressing challenges such as soil infertility, deforestation, lack of food availability and etc.

STORIES AND NEWS FROM MALAWI