Malawi, known as the warm heart of Africa, is a home to 6.8 million children (51 percent of the total population) and presents a number of opportunities and challenges for its youngest citizens and their families. The prospects for child survival has improved over the past few years due to improved economic management, stable macroeconomic conditions and increasing agricultural production, which are helping to reduce poverty and hunger. Malawi’s HIV/AIDS prevalence rate seems to have stabilized at 12 per cent.
But on the down side, poverty continues to be chronic and widespread, and the country’s development is thwarted by a fast growing population, limited arable land, cyclical natural disasters, food insecurity, malnutrition, HIV and AIDS, and a high incidence of malaria, one of the leading killers of children under the age of five. According to the UN Human Development Report of 2015 on Malawi, one in eight children are still dying due to malnutrition levels.
Since the early 1990s, Malawi, a landlocked and predominantly agricultural and rural nation, has ranked amongst the worlds’ 20 least developed countries on the Human Development index. More than half of the population lives on less than USD $0.32 cents a day. This includes around five million children living in serious poverty conditions. Moreover, one in every five Malawians lives in dire poverty or on less than USD $0.20 cents a day and cannot afford to feed themselves. Poverty hits children the hardest and threatens their most basic rights to survival, health and nutrition, education, participation and protection from harm and exploitation. It is against this background, that CCDM considered it appropriate and timely to come up with this project in Mulanje District, Malawi, where illiteracy, poverty levels, hunger remain very high among children.
• HIV/AIDS orphaned children living with old/weak grand parents and guardians.
• Children from families whose surviving parents are weak and sickly of HIV/AIDS.
• • Children from very poor households and child headed households.
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The mission of CCDM is to embrace acts of mercy by providing high quality and holistic services to orphans and underprivileged children, the hungry, the poor, the elderly, the sick, the imprisoned and the neglected in Malawi, by supporting the implementation of sustainable development policies that improve quality of life.
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