MALAWI

In Malawi, we will take hands with our Village Volunteers. They are Teachers and Church Leaders who are our ears and eyes in Malawi. 

  • Malawi is a small landlocked country in Southern Africa. With a population expanding rapidly at 3 percent per year and the majority of livelihoods dependent on agriculture, the population is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate-related disasters. Poverty is experienced by most rural families, with those headed by women suffering the most.

  • Over 90,000 Malawi individuals living with HIV/AIDS, which accounts for every one in ten adults.

  • Only 65.8 percent of Malawi’s population can read and write by the age of 15, according to the CIA.

  • Due to poverty, poor access to health care, disease and food shortage, the average life expectancy for a Malawian is 63 years, which is 25 years more than it was in 1960, according to The World Bank.

  • There is only one doctor for every 50,000 individuals, according to the World Health Organization.

  • Malawi’s economy is mainly agricultural, constituting 80 percent of the population living in rural areas.

  • Several Worldwide organizations are working in harmony with Malawi’s government to promote agricultural growth in rural areas. This is an effort to reduce poverty throughout Malawi.

  • Primary School is free in Malawi but About 30 percent of children in Malawi do not start primary school. Secondary and higher education is mostly attended by those of households above the international poverty line, predominantly due to the enrollment fees.

  • Malawi is one of the world’s most impoverished countries, ranking 173rd out of 182 countries on the Human Development Index.

  • More than one million Malawi children are orphaned due to HIV/AIDS.

UGANDA

We Work with Our Village Volunteers In Uganda. In Uganda and African countries, poverty is the lack or insufficiency of money to meet basic needs, including food, clothing, and shelter.

  • Progress in reducing poverty has been much slower in Northern and Eastern Uganda, and thus, the concentration of poverty is higher in these two regions. The proportion of the total number of poor people who live in the Northern and Eastern regions increased between 2006 and 2013.

  • Households in Uganda’s Northern, Eastern, and Western regions have much lower levels of human capital, fewer assets, and more limited access to services and infrastructure than households in the Central region. For example, electricity is almost nonexistent in the Northern, Eastern and Western regions. About 29% of households in Northern Uganda do not use any type of toilet facility. This is far higher than corresponding figures for Eastern, Western and Central regions at 8%, 2%, and 5% respectively.

  • Households in Uganda remain vulnerable. In fact between 2005 and 2009, for every three Ugandans who were lifted out of poverty, two fell back, households cope with these shocks in suboptimal ways. Only 5% of households received support from the government, instead, 35% relied on savings and 25% on family

  • The high incidence and increased concentration of poverty in the north and east suggests a need to re-evaluate regional development policies.

  • The critical role that the agricultural sector has played and most likely will continue to play in poverty reduction deserves a reexamination of agricultural policies with a focus on extension services, input availability and quality, and access to credit.

  • https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/uganda/brief/uganda-poverty-assessment-2016-fact-sheet

SOUTH AFRICA

We are registered with Department Social Development as Safety parents for vulnerable and neglected children. We have seen and experienced the need and social challenges this brings in our own country. In South Africa, we will focus on these areas which are high in need and we will take hands with Churches and Organizations. We will reach out to Children's homes, care centers, and Children Villages.

During Crisis times we will also assist old ages homes and other organizations in the quest to make a difference.

 

ZAMBIA

Zambia is a landlocked country in Sub-Saharan Africa with 14 million people living on less than $1 a day. The country won its independence in 1964 and had the strongest economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. However, today, 64 percent of the population is suffering from poverty. Although Zambia has the world’s ninth richest copper deposits, three out of four people are living in poverty. Forty percent of the GDP of Zambia is based on copper deposits while 95 percent is based on exports.

With Reference to an article published by the Borgen Magazine

  • The northwestern province of Zambia hosts the poorest people and is the least developed in the country. Distribution of wealth is unequal with few rich and middle-income people, and the maximum proportion of the people in Zambia is poor.
  • Poverty in Zambia has drastically affected the health of Zambians, especially children. One in five children is an orphan. Fifty-three percent of the children under the age of five suffer from anemia and 50 percent of the children are underweight. Food insecurity is prevalent and affects 350,000 people. Forty percent of the population lacks access to clean drinking water.
  • Agriculture has been neglected by the government. With the liberalization of the economy in 1990, agriculture has stopped receiving assistance from the government.
  • Trade has declined and droughts have impacted agriculture which has worsened the conditions for
  • Zambia suffers from an HIV/AIDS pandemic. This has caused major undercuts on the development initiatives and contributed to the poverty in Zambia.
  • Education has not been made a priority by the government and the majority of the Zambians cannot read and write. Literacy is needed to create confidence in the people, which can then incorporate a drive to overcome poverty.