Why Malawi?

We choose Malawi because we refuse to turn our backs on those in dire need. In one of the poorest countries in the world , Malawians face an unfortunate combination of disease, drought, poverty and a lack of critical resources. Confronting these extreme problems on a daily basis exacts a great toll. And few bear the brunt greater than the country's women and children—particularly the 1.4 million orphaned and vulnerable children.

Children of Malawi

The challenges Malawians face are immense, but we believe that a different reality is possible. If we work together, our effort can do more than just change Malawi—it can foster change for vulnerable populations throughout Africa.

Raising Malawi is founded in the spirit of ubuntu, an African philosophy that acknowledges the common bond between all peoples. There is a saying in ubuntu: "I am because we are." Translated simply, it means, “Without you there is no me. Your fate is mine.” 

We are all inextricably connected. This is why we strive to raise Malawi.

About Malawi

Malawi is a tiny landlocked nation situated between Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique in central sub-Saharan Africa. One of the most densely populated countries on the continent, it is home to over 16 million people whose primary vocation is subsistence agriculture.

Having endured years of colonial rule, Malawi has enjoyed a relatively stable government since achieving independence from the United Kingdom in 1964. The capital city, Lilongwe, is second in population only to Blantyre.

Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” for its people’s generous spirit and warm hospitality. Malawians have a rich and vibrant culture. Their love of music is passed down in song and dance from generation to generation. Visiting westerners never fail to remark on the kindness and resiliency exhibited by Malawians, even in the face of their greatest adversity.

Issues Areas

Raising Malawi has identified five key issues to focus on. While such problems certainly exist throughout the developing world, few nations have seen them converge with such devastating results as those in here. These issues include:

Click on any of the issue links above to begin learning about the problems facing Malawi.

We choose Malawi because we refuse to turn our backs on those in dire need. In one of the poorest countries in the world[1], Malawians face an unfortunate combination of disease, drought, poverty and a lack of critical resources. Confronting these extreme problems on a daily basis exacts a great toll. And few bear the brunt greater than the country's women and  1,400,000 orphaned and vulnerable children.

The challenges Malawians face are immense, but we believe that a different reality is possible. If we work together, our effort can do more than just change Malawi—it can foster change for vulnerable populations throughout Africa.

Raising Malawi is founded in the spirit of ubuntu, an African philosophy that acknowledges the common bond between all peoples. There is a saying in ubuntu: "I am because we are." Translated simply, it means, “Without you there is no me. Your fate is mine.” 

We are all inextricably connected. This is why we strive to raise Malawi.



[1] UNDP Human Development Index - #153 out of 169 countries