PRACTICAL ASSISTANCE FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN MALAWI AND THEIR FAMILIES
According to the UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) country overview for Malawi, “More than half of the population (52 percent) lives on less than USD $0.32 a day. This includes around four million children living in poverty. Moreover, one in every five Malawians lives in ultra poverty or on less than USD $0.20 a day and cannot afford to feed themselves.”
As described by the Rural Poverty Portal, “The recurrence of shocks
frustrates attempts to escape rural poverty. The most common shocks are weather-related, such as crop failures and increases in the price of food. Illness or injury are also very common, as are shocks associated with the death of family members, heightened by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which has affected 11.9 percent of the population … As a result, poor households have to adopt costly coping strategies such as selling assets, withdrawing children from school and reducing food consumption.”
Poverty inevitably hits children the hardest, particularly when a family’s ability to engage in productive activities is undermined.
★ Good quality nearly new children’s clothes suitable for a warm climate, picture and reference books for primary school age groups and educational toys and games donated in the UK are all gratefully received in Malawi.
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