PLAN INTERNATIONAL IN MALAWI

Since 1994 we've been working in partnership with communities in Malawi to champion child rights and improve the lives of children.

CHALLENGES

Malawi remains one of the poorest countries in the world and faces enormous challenges in caring for its children.
  • Many children die of preventable or treatable diseases - 43,000 each year don't live to see their fifth birthday.
  • Child marriage is widely accepted - one in two girls are married by 18.
  • Less than 10% of Malawian homes have electricity or piped water.
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A student listens to a dicussion about girls' rights.
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Students take part in a filming project which gives young adults a chance to voice their concerns about abuse.
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A child eats a nutritious meal provided by Plan International.

How we're helping

Malawi's population boom means many families don't have toilets. In many rural villages there is no sewage system or running water. Toilets are often basic holes in the ground and shared by several households.

We're giving Malawian children access to the clean toilets they need to stay healthy. Our community hygiene training shows people how to build hygienic toilets, so they can go to the toilet safely and wash their hands. We are also training people to spread the word about hygiene in their communities.

So families can make ends meet, we're setting up village savings and loans schemes and working with farmers to improve crops. Child protection remains a vital part of our work as we help communities to report child labour and child trafficking and lobby for policies to protect child rights.