Ending Hunger In Malawi
The Hunger Project has been working to end hunger in Malawi since 1999 and is currently empowering community partners in 12 communities to end their own hunger and poverty. The Hunger Project in Malawi works to end hunger with more than 183,600 people across 304 rural villages.
Malawi is in southern Africa with an estimated population of 18.6 million people. Bordered by Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania and Lake Malawi, the country was formerly known as Nyasaland and controlled by Britain. Malawi declared independence in 1964 and was run by the dictator Hastings Banda until the 1990s. Malawi has recently become much more democratic and its economy has been improving steadily over the early 2000s.
Donating to The Hunger Project can help end hunger in Malawi
In Malawi, The Hunger Project works through village communities, called epicentres, to train local leaders, families, farmers, women and men to lift themselves out of hunger.
Teams from The Hunger Project Malawi work to eradicate hunger and poverty in Malawi through a range of different educational and empowerment programs, including:
- Women’s Empowerment Workshops train women to be leaders in their communities, start small businesses and take up decision-making roles
- Microfinance and financial literacy training so people have the skills they need to start the business of their dreams
- Sustainable farming techniques empower people to plant the right crops that will grow in an ever-changing environment.
The cycle of Hunger is affecting Malawi
Though Malawi’s economy is steadily improving, the country still faces extreme poverty and hunger, with half of the population currently living below the poverty line.
Malawi faces several social problems that continue to drive the cycle of hunger:
- Fifty percent of the population lives under the poverty line
- A high HIV/AIDS infection rate
- Limited connections to remote communities
- Underdeveloped public health options in rural areas.
Malawi is also prone to flooding from continuous and heavy rainfalls and tropical cyclones. These climate change-related weather events disproportionately impact people living in hunger.
Donate to Fight Malaria in Malawi
Malaria is a life-threatening, widespread health threat that has an extremely high prevalence in Malawi, with over five million confirmed cases in 2016 and an estimated 11,000 deaths. According to the World Health Organisation, after an unprecedented period of success in global malaria control, progress has stalled. But with community-focused projects like the ones The Hunger Project is rolling out in Malawi, we are seeing a reduction in cases of malaria.
The Majete Malaria Project
The Hunger Project has worked with villages around Majete Game Reserve in southern Malawi to implement a five-year project called the Majete Malaria Project. In 2017, the project successfully conducted workshops that educated people about the impacts of malaria and how to stop the spread of mosquitos, the cause of malaria. The project has now rolled out to two new communities in Malawi, bringing the total project coverage to 118 villages around the Majete Game Reserve.
By donating to end hunger and investing in people and education, the Majete Malaria Project shows that the most effective and efficient way for ending diseases like malaria is through collaborative, community-based leadership.
Epicentres to end hunger in Malawi
In Africa, The Hunger Project works to build sustainable community-based programs using the Epicenter Strategy. An epicentre is a dynamic centre of community mobilisation and action, as well as an actual facility built by community members.
Through the Epicentre Strategy:
- 15,000-25,000 people are brought together as a cluster of rural villages.
- villages have more clout with local government than a single village is likely to have, and communities have increased ability to collectively utilise resources.
- the building serves as a focal point where the motivation, energies and leadership of the people converge with the resources of local government and non-governmental organisations.
- hunger and poverty are addressed over an eight-year period and move along a path toward sustainable self-reliance, at which point the epicentre can fund its own activities and no longer requires financial investment from The Hunger Project.
Through its integrated approach to rural development, The Hunger Project is working with community partners to successfully access the basic services needed to lead lives of self-reliance and achieve internationally agreed-upon markers of success, such as Sustainable Development Goals.
Donations Help Women in Malawi
The Hunger Project knows that starting with women, empowering and educating them about ending hunger, is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. In Malawi we focus our work particularly on women with our tried and tested Women’s Empowerment Workshops and microfinance loans all centered towards women.
Donating to The Hunger Project helps people in the countries that need it most.