Malawi is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa and is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. The country, mostly rural, is surrounded by Mozambique but borders with Tanzania to the north and Zambia in the west.The northern city of Lilongwe is the capital, but Blantyre, the former capital remains the commercial capital of the country.
1964 – Malawi declares independence from British rule with Dr Hastings Banda becoming the 1st President.
1965 – Chancellor University was established in Zomba, South-Central Malawi. Until recently the only university in Malawi.
1971 – Hastings Banda declared president for life, ruling for nearly 30 years without democratic opposition to his rule.
1994 – Banda loses Presidential elections in Malawi’s first multi-party elections. Bakili Muluzi of the UDF elected as new president.
2007 – ACT begins work in Migowi, Phalombe District.
2016 – ACT meets Malawi First Lady in London. Read more here.
2017 – Malawi Outlaws child marriage. Read more here.
GDP per capita: 338.48 USD (2017)
Population: 18.62 million (2017)
Largest cities: Lilongwe (the capital), Blantyre
Population under 18: 53% (2016)
Literacy rate: 65.75% ; Male – 73%, Female – 59% (2016)
Females achieving high-school diploma: 10% (2012)
It is one of the poorest countries in the world – rank 171 of 189 in UN Human Development Index (2017)
20% of Malawian households are looking after an orphan or vulnerable child (2016)
Malawi is surrounded by Tanzania to the north, Mozambique to the south east, Zambia to the west, and also Lake Malawi, which runs from the north along the east side of the country.
Places of Interest: Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi, Likoma Island, Lilongwe Clock Tower, Mt. Mulanje, Nkhata Bay, Sunbird Ku Chawe (Island in the Sky, Zomba Plateau)
ACT in Malawi
Our work began in 2007 in Migowi, Phalombe district, southern region supporting orphans and fatherless children at Nyezerera Primary School. We are educating children, empowering widows and enriching the community through our education, sanitation and health projects.
Nyezerera Primary School is the catchment school for 14 surrounding villages in the Nyezerera community with pupil population of nearly 4,000 (2018). ACT has supported the school with water and sanitation projects and built new enclosed toilets to safeguard student health within the school.
Our Ulemu project provides workshops on menstrual health management for girls and provides them with reusable menstrual pads. The goal is to encourage girls to remain in school and complete their education.
- Toilet and sanitation project at Nyezerera Primary School Read more here.
- Widows Sustainable whole life skills projects in Khombwe (Greater Blantyre district) and Namphumgo (Mulanje district) with more than 250 women benefitting and starting their own small enterprises.
- Ulemu Project, helping to keep girls in school to complete their education. Read more here.
The Ulemu Project is another major initiative that ACT has embarked upon in Malawi. This is providing menstrual health education and support for the girl child in Malawi. Our aim is to reduce school dropout among girls and to encourage them to complete their education.