The Lusubilo Orphan Care project in northern Malawi cares for nearly 9,500 children who have been orphaned or whose futures are made vulnerable by HIV, which has infected 12 percent of Malawi's population.
Lusubilo, which means "hope," supports children as they weather the traumatic psychological and economic effects of losing a parent. Villagers pool their resources, start community gardens and build child care centers. Everyone contributes to the children's care.
And families who take in orphaned nieces, nephews and grandchildren receive financial assistance from Lusubilo. The project currently has programs in 66 communities throughout the Karonga district.
All photographs by Karen Kasmauski for CRS.