NTCHEU DISTRICT, MALAWI
Esther’s House was established in 2009 primarily as a home for children who had lost both parents.
It has since grown into a community center for local, sponsored children and widow(er)s to provide help in living healthier, more empowered lives.
MALAWI is considered one of the least developed nations in Africa, with an economy largely based on agriculture and a rural population. Residing at the southern edge of the “Great Lakes” region of Africa, the country is bordered by Zambia, Tanzania, and Mozambique and about one-third of Malawi’s area is taken up by Lake Malawi.
Malawi has an uncommonly high rate of mortality and low life expectancy, which is in part due to the widespread issue of HIV/AIDS throughout the country. The country struggles to become a financially independent nation, though its economy has shown some signs of growth in the last decade. These factors are what led to the creation of Esther’s House and the Ufulu Groups, with hopes of finding lasting solutions for economic sustainability and flourishing for families and individuals in the community.
Population: 19.5 million
Area: 118,484 sq mi
Year of Independence: 1964
PEOPLE IN MALAWI
- 61.3% adult literacy rate
- 72% youth literacy rate
- 55 year life expectancy
- 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS
- 81.7% of population using improved drinking water sources in rural areas
POVERTY IN MALAWI
Pop. Living In Poverty: 61.6%
Orphan Pop.: 16.7% of children under the age of 18
HIGH RISKS IN MALAWI
- Malawian women and girls, and to a lesser extent boys, are exploited in sex trafficking and labor trafficking in Malawi’s urban areas and agricultural centers.
- 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report, Malawi
In Malawi, nearly 17 percent of the population is orphaned. These children are more likely to drop out of school, grow up malnourished and find themselves with children of their own that they can’t care for. Malawi needs people to break that cycle.
And so Esther’s House was built, a modest campus in the rural Madzanje region. Out of this campus, we care for over 70 vulnerable childeen in the community, we house 9 children who have no other home and we care for 65 aging widows. We own many acres of farmland where we are working to grow all of the food we consume on our campus. We also use our campus as a base for occupational therapy, trauma education and counseling, skills classes, tutoring, and spiritual development.
Additionally, Ufulu Groups is a family empowerment initiative that serves vulnerable and under-resourced single parent families. Participants learn business, trade skills and gain tools to heal from personal pain and trauma; guiding them down a pathway on which they are able to flourish and stay together.
We have recently partnered with Esther’s house and Ufulu Groups to provide resources for their ongoing programs. We have also been dreaming together of how we can strengthen current programs and impliment new ones to see hundreds more families empowered in the coming years.
SPONSOR A CHILD IN ESTHER’S HOUSE TODAY
We sponsor orphans five times to ensure their life-changing, 24/7 care, education, food, clothing and medical needs are consistently met, and to support their local leaders and allow them to improve the living situations for all of the children in their care.
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