Malawi is often called the Warm Heart of Africa which is a fitting name. Fabulous natural beauty coupled with a warm and generous people make Malawi a wonderful place to visit. But lurking beneath the beauty of the landscape and the kindness of the people is a population that lives in extreme poverty and a government that depends on the international community to meet the needs of its people.
Food access is limited for much of the population with stunted growth and brain development for nearly 40% of the population. Diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria have lowered the life expectancy across the country even as access to bed nets and medications have increased.
Despite the falling life expectancy, overall population growth is rapidly increasing which decreases available land for subsistence farmers to grow food to feed their families. It is a cycle of disease and malnutrition.
Malawi is a case study on how a people and a country can live in extreme poverty that is not based on war and violence. A landlocked country with few natural resources limits exports to other countries. The lack of educational opportunities means the next generation faces the same challenges as the previous.
The future of Malawi lies in its children. Through education and making sure children are healthy enough to attend class, MCF hopes to change the future of Malawi.