Malawi, known as “The Warm Heart of Africa,” is a country of more than 80% professing Christians and one of the poorest countries in the world. With 85% of the population living in rural areas, the economy largely survives on subsistence agriculture. More than half of the population lives on less than one U.S. dollar per day. In recent years the local currency’s value has dropped significantly, causing significant hardship for families living in poverty and dealing with floods and droughts. Mothers and children suffer and die from preventable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, malnutrition, and HIV/AIDS. One out of eight children born in Malawi will die before their fifth birthday. The HIV prevalence rate stands at a high rate of 10% and has left more than half a million children as orphans.

Since 1989, World Relief's programs in Malawi have sought to address these issues through an integrated, church-centered community model. Through the ministry of the church, vulnerable children are being cared for, youth are being empowered to prevent the spread of HIV, mothers are learning how to raise healthy children, farmers are being trained and equipped to improve the value of their crops and livestock, and families are growing in financial security. 


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Church Mobilization/Integral Mission

Savings for Life program

Agriculture and Agribusiness Development

HIV/AIDS prevention

Maternal and Child Health

Health, Nutrition, and Hygiene


    • World Relief's programs in Malawi began in 1989.
    • 10.8% of the adult population have HIV/AIDS, and malnutrition levels account for about half of all child deaths.
    • World Relief works with over 500 churches in the Ntchisi, Mzimba, Salima, Chitipa, and Dedza districts to develop and sustain local community development initiatives. 
    • 800 savings groups are successfully saving, loaning out, and enabling small businesses.
    • 32,520 vulnerable children have been impacted through church volunteers trained in the Care Group model to promote behavior change and increase nutrition among moms as well as children under the age of five.


    Gibson Nkanaunena, Country Director
    Rodgers Kamphinda, Finance and Administration Manager
    Jane Lumanga, Health and Nutrition Manager
    Angela Mwambungu Banda, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
    Dumisanie Mambiya, Team Leader for Agribusiness Development
    William Nyasulu, Team Leader for Church Mobilization
    George Mkandawire, Program Coordinator for Child Development
    Gift Mwase, Program Coordinator for Savings for Life