News and Stories: Malawi
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Women Take Lead in Changing Lives
In Malawi as elsewhere, women assume leadership roles that their communities embrace.
Children Under 5 THRIVE in East Africa
Numbers show across-the-board increases in key phases of early childhood development.
Raising the Score in Early Childhood Development
Religious sisters expand outreach to children in Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.
A New Toy Story: How Cans, Buttons & Boxes Build Brains
A new Toy Story is being told with tin cans, old socks, buttons, boxes and plastic bottles.
Savvy adults take stuff that might be regarded as junk and upcycle it to help raise smarter, healthier children. The toys are simple and require a lot of imagination—but that's the point...
Moms Matter: Improving Maternal Health in Kenya
In Nyanza near Lake Victoria in western Kenya, fishing is a way of life. The men leave early in the morning to earn money for their families. The women are left at home with multiple household responsibilities and with very little support.
It's a social structure that can be isolating...
Malawi Community Health Hero
Promisi—pronounced "Promise"—grips a large red plastic building block as her classmates sing with gusto. "The vowels are A-E-I-0-UUUUU," they chant, forming a circle around Promisi, who is sitting in the only chair in the room. She peers at them from the corner of her left eye, looking at them...
Miami Teen Serves Malawi Orphans
After watching a documentary about Malawi orphans, Alejandro Ortega, 13, felt compelled to act. The fact that so many Malawian children were now facing hunger, untreated illness and an end to their schooling haunted him.
"It's hard to go on knowing that those things are happening every...
Living the Gospel, Sharing the Harvest
In the Gospels, the Lord returns to the symbolism of the harvest again and again. The Kingdom of God is like a harvest—wheat will be separated from chaff. To the agrarian communities of the ancient world, few symbols were as powerful as seeding the soil, caring for the crop and harvesting the...
Healthy Bodies, Crops Despite Malawi Drought
There is a song Mary Kamangeni hums as she places bundles of dried stalks on the land where she's planted corn. "My life is like the water in the stream." she sings softly in Chichewa, the language of Malawi. "It flows in one direction."