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Malawi

In addition to the historical acute poverty-related challenges in Malawi, recently we are facing a lack of foreign currency, devaluation, high inflation and increasing poverty levels for the rural's poorest. In this context more and more children especially girls are dropping out of school to marry and eke out a living. Limited secondary school places exercabate the situation as not every child who passes their primary school exams is guaranteed a secondary school place.

We bring everyone who has anything to do with children together to make education and protection of children possible and to support the children to stay in school. Our exceptional involvement of traditional authorities is trendsetting and we now have educational champions among these leaders. In 2013, the first young women we have supported will graduate from secondary school: I see this generation of girls leading a community of champions prepared to fight, defend and advance their children's right to education!

- Harold Kuombola, Head of Operations, Camfed Malawi

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Small, stable and densely populated, Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Some 74 percent of Malawians live on less than $1.25 per day - with the majority of the population working as subsistence farmers. Some 14 percent of the young adult population are HIV positive, and nearly one million children are orphans. Just 14 percent of rural girls enrol in high school. Child marriage and pregancy is a particular problem in the country, which suffers from an acute lack of secondary schools, meaning children - particularly those in rural areas often have to travel long distances to school. This makes them extremely vulnerable to exploitation.

Camfed has come at a good time for Malawi. I will encourage my community not to wait for Camfed to do everything, but to start right away with things we can do ourselves to support children. Together we will find strategies to support the female student wherever she goes.

Alice Willard, a teacher in Malawi

Malawi also suffers from an acute lack of female teachers, meaning those girls who are able to get to school lack the role models to help encourage them to stay.

In Malawi, we're working to solve these problems.

  • 11,130 Girls Receiving Bursary Support

    Camfed provides comprehensive bursary support for the full duration of a girl's secondary education. The scholarship covers everything from school fees, to uniforms, to shoes, books, pencils and bags.

  • 54,521 Children Benefiting from our Safety Net Fund

    Camfed's Safety Net Fund provides essential items to children at primary school to prevent them dropping out of school.

  • 624 Partner Schools

    Camfed works in genuine partnership with schools to help improve the learning environment for all pupils. Sharing information on school performance and working with the community to implement change is crucial to success.

  • 8,323 Community Activists

    Camfed's program works because of the commitment of local volunteers. These volunteers include everyone from traditional leaders, to government education officials, teachers, parents, and former pupils.

  • 314 Teacher Mentors Trained

    Camfed trains a teacher mentor at every school in which we work. These teachers are trained on child protection issues and offer crucial counselling support and advice to young people.

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Stories from Malawi

Read some of our amazing success stories

Get an insight into how Camfed is making a difference by reading the stories of young women, teachers, parents and others.

  • Mary

    “I want to be the first girl in my community to really go far!”

    Mary, Machinga, Malawi

    Read Mary's story
  • Lawford Palani

    “Camfed has proved to be exceptional. It clearly and practically works within existing structures, respecting them for who they are and what role they can play.”

    Lawford Palani, Neno, Malawi

    Read Lawford's story
  • Florence Shuga

    “I have become empowered and I will keep on fighting for girl child education. I want to make sure that all my grandchildren go to school.”

    Florence Shuga, Machinga, Malawi

    Read Florence's story

Camfed Malawi team

Meet our staff in Malawi

In Africa, all our offices are staffed by nationals of that country.

Partners

Partners for success in Malawi

We are grateful to the generous donors and supporters who are helping us to make a difference.