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"In the streets and villages of Malawi, the unholy trinity of AIDS, debt and hunger can be found - in it's most full-blooded incarnation."

- Bono, from Poverty, AIDS and Hunger - Breaking the Poverty Trap in Malawi

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The Need is Profound

  • The average Malawian dies before the age 40.
    - 50% of the population is below age 15.
    - 15% of people under the age of 20 are orphans.

  • The average Malawian consumes 1800 calories per day.
    - Two-thirds of the population consume only 1400 calories.
    - The poorest, around 1100 calroies.

  • The average daily per capita cash income is $1.25US.
    (about the price of a coffee)
    - 60% is spent on food.

The Aspirations Immense

Sustainable living through ...

  • Food security through improved farming and forestry practices

  • Easier Access to maternal child healthcare, nurses, doctors

  • Access to early treatment for HIV/Aids, Malaria, TB

  • Poverty reduction through capacity building, good governance with library, schools, education and training
"These are the four pillars of our program"

The Program

In the central district around the capital Lilongwe and in the southern Zomba district, we will work with an NGO implementing partner Salama Shield Foundation based out of Kitchener Ontario, working with its Malawi branch registered as Salama Shield Foundation - Malawi (SSF-M).

Our program will be partnering with our Rotary partner(s) in Malawi, in all probability out of Limbe near Blantyre and Lilongwe.

Our program partners with the central club of Mbabzi – Lilongwe and the southern club of Limbe will work with our implementing partner, SSF to carry out the 4 pillars of our program.

There will be staff in Malawi of SFF-M managing the four pillars of our program.

 

How will we achieve carrying out this Rotary Program?

We will raise money through donations, which will be matched by our work with CRCID (Canadian Rotary Collaboration International Development - the Rotary part of CIDA - Canadian International Development Agency) and Salama Shield working with CIDA.

 

Over 5,000 Malawians are expected to benefit from our program.