Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” primarily due to the incredibly gracious and kind people, vibrant culture and stunning landscape. Yet, in this beautiful country in south central Africa, life can be a daily struggle.
Try to imagine in the 21st century …
- Walking miles to fetch water that is not potable
- Cooking over a fire with that as your only heat
- Living in a mud brick house with open windows inviting malaria-ridden mosquitoes to enter
- Attending school in a classroom with 120 students to one teacher and no books or supplies
- Going to school outside under a mango tree for lack of classroom space, desks, chairs, chalk
- Girls dropping out of school when they reach puberty for lack of proper latrines and privacy
- Children and adults dying of preventable and treatable ailments like malaria, flu, dysentery
- Providing for a family of four on an income of less than $1.25 per day
- Worrying daily whether elephants or hippos will destroy your maize field, which is the only means of nutrition and sustenance for the dry season
- Having a life expectancy of less than 50 years
This is reality in much of Malawi and in the service area of Malawi Children’s Village (MCV), the Mangochi District of Southern Malawi. However, organizations such as MCV are making a difference. They are working tirelessly in both the United States via a US-based Board of Directors, around the world via a network of concerned volunteers and in Malawi at the epicenter of the challenge.