Malawi: Help for street children
The number of street children has rapidly risen due to the implications of HIV and Aids. We support a project in the capital Lilongwe to get those children off the streets.Learn more
In Malawi we currently support some 142,700 children and young people in 8 projects. We have worked in this southeast African country since 1998. Our projects are distributed throughout the country and are run by local partners.
Malawi ranks among the world's poorest countries. More than half of the population lives below the poverty line. Primarily the family members who provide income typically die from AIDS. Many orphaned children end up on the street and nearly one in three children has to work. Eleven percent of the population between the ages of 15 and 49 is HIV-positive, giving Malawi the 9th highest ranking in the world out of 166 countries affected by HIV.
Our projects focus on the areas with the most urgent problems. HIV/AIDS education programmes aim to put a stop to the spread of this fatal immunodeficiency disease, Educational programmes help children complete school and improve their vocational skills. Self-help groups give families and village communities an opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty. We pay particular attention to the needs of (AIDS) orphans and street children.
We hope to achieve the following goals with our projects and programmes in Malawi:
Sources: World Factbook, United Nations*