About Mangochi District

Home to Malawi Children’s Village, Mangochi is a district in the Southern Region of Malawi, whose capital is Mangochi (town). The district covers an area of 6,273 km. and has a population of 610,239. (Source: Republic of Malawi: National Statistical Office) The Mangochi District is a hub of commerce and a transit point, with roads leading to all areas of Malawi and Mozambique to the east. The Mangochi District is hot in summer and mild in winter. It is on the flood-plain for Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa, the third largest and most southerly in the Rift Valley lake system, and is unofficially known as the Lake of Stars, a name given it by David Livingston upon his discovery of it on September 18, 1859, for the effect of the reflection of the sun on the water’s surface. While a strikingly beautiful area, Mangochi district has been decimated by HIV/AIDS and its effects. This, coupled with poverty, environmental concerns and severe lack of infrastructure, creates a desperate socio-economic scenario.

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