Malawi is one of the countries with the highest populations, but it is also one of the least developed nations in the world. Over half of Malawi’s population lives on less than $1.25 per day, and Malawi is trying to recover from severe flooding from 2013. The severe flooding forced over 230,000 people out of their homes, and farmers lost their entire crops because this flood hit right in the middle of the planting season. Three main relief organizations are trying to help the people of Malawi, and they are; Raising Malawi, Islamic Relief, and Aid for Africa.
Raising Malawi was formed in 2006 by Madonna. She created this organization after seeing all the children that were orphaned by the AIDS epidemic that is ravaging Malawi. This group’s goal is to educate Malawi’s people on AIDS and protect the children from becoming sick with the virus. This group has built several schools since 2013, and with better schools come better education opportunities. Raising Malawi also educates the children with vocational HIV awareness programs every year.
Established in 2006, Islamic Relief Malawi has been focusing on water and sanitation issues that run rampant in Malawi. More than half of the population does not have access to clean drinking water or proper sanitation. These two items cause diseases to tear through Malawi continually. Islam Relief is looking at ways to bring drinking water and adequate sanitation solutions in to help the population. They are also trying to raise awareness of the benefits of good hygiene because waterborne diseases are currently a significant cause of all children deaths.
Aid for Africa
Aid for Africa is a global charity agency which works in close cooperation with United States non-profits to bring attention to the crisis in all parts of Africa. In Malawi, they are focusing on education for girls and empowering both children and women to escape poverty through self-help programs. Aid for Africa believes that every girl should have a choice on what she wants to do with her life. The end goal is to provide a haven for women and girls by supporting education, health, and sanitation. They are accomplishing this by setting up groups to help, and by providing scholarships to children to give them greater opportunities than they would have had originally.
Raising Malawi, Islamic Relief Malawi, and Aid for Africa are all working to improve the living conditions of Malawi’s population to give them a brighter future.