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. 

COUNTRY COVID UPDATES

In the last month, Malawi has reported relatively low new cases of COVID-19. It is unknown whether the low numbers are due to fewer tests being conducted or indeed reflect a lower number of people infected with COVID-19. Testing is limited due to limited supply of testing kits. Only those who have severe symptoms or can pay for their own tests are tested.

As of September 15, there have been a total of 5701 confirmed cases, 1761 active cases, 3762 total recoveries, and 178 deaths from COVID-19. A total of 48,816 tests have been conducted in Malawi. Airports have opened to commercial air traffic, however, the Malawian Government is not issuing tourist visas so only citizens and those with permits are allowed to enter.

While the Government has made mask usage mandatory, this guideline is not strictly adhered to. The government has partially opened schools starting with examination classes. However, there are challenges especially in rural schools to access masks and observe physical distancing as classes were already overcrowded. Public gatherings of greater than 10 people are prohibited with the exception of funerals which can have up to 50 people in attendance and places of worship which can have up to 100 people. World Renew continues to work remotely and all partner visits to the field are limited to groups under 10, in compliance with government regulations.

Food Security

Economic Opportunity

Community Health

Peace and Justice

Disaster Response

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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.

World Renew has been working with the development department of the Anglican Church since 2016 to support their efforts to help their churches to work together to support the vulnerable households and address their communal challenges.

The Anglican Council would like their members to understand God’s calling for his people and to understand that the church’s role is not only preaching and spiritual discipleship, but also to care for the vulnerable in their community. Through this process, the Anglican Council hope to help their community to be more unified, to work together and be more prepared for disasters which may affect their community.

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