Malawi is situated in Central Africa and is a land of great beauty without conflict, yet life expectancy is just 52 years with many suffering from malaria, tuberculosis and HIV-AIDS, with nearly 12% of the adult population being infected with HIV alone. In fact, the death rate is so severe that nearly half of the population (45.8%) is under the age of 14; its a shocking fact that one in five children children in Malawi grow up without a biological parent making them vulnerable to exploitation. In fact the United Nations declared the situation in Malawi "as one of the world's worst humanitarian crises" with regular famines and extreme poverty. Malawi is in 171st place out of 187 countries and territories in 2011 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country and is one of the ten poorest countries on the planet with 85% of its population living in rural areas and overall over half its population living on less than 60p a day.
The country is often afflicted by severe famines with the famine of 2005 affecting over four million of the country's inhabitants, leaving them without proper food supplies. Only a third of children in Malawi have access to safe water making childhood disease common and HIV is still rampant despite efforts by the democratic government to address the issue, with nearly one third of all mothers in Malawi passing the virus onto their children. In fact, one out of every ten children in Malawi is an AIDS orphan. Many children spurn education in a desperate attempt to bring food to the table however child sponsor programmes are beginning to turn this around by attracting children into the classroom in exchange for at least one square meal a day.
Other child sponsor programs in Malawi address child labour in a country where just under one in three works; care of orphans and abandoned children; access to health, education and HIV awareness; establishing programs to minimise the impact of disasters and addressing food insecurity. You can help when you sponsor a child in Malawi.
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Help children in Malawi through sponsorship to meet their basic health, educational and food needs.
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