The Malawian government has recently begun to focus on tackling poverty by investing more in women and girls. This is a positive step but there are other specific challenges that also need to be addressed.
Children and young people still struggle to access an education, as poverty forces many families to send their children out to work, rather than go to school. Girls and children with disabilities face additional challenges. Despite changes to the law, child marriage means that many girls are pulled out of school; meanwhile, discrimination and a lack of support means that many children with disabilities don’t attend school at all.
We work with our partners in the Central Region to get more young people into school now, so that they can stay out of poverty in the future. We work with local authorities to register out-of-school children, so we can work with their parents to get them back into education. And we educate communities and parents so that they can advocate for their daughters' right to an education.
Our Business Development volunteer in Malawi talks about the oppression facing people with disabilities in developing communities in Malawi, and the need for change.
Find out about what we're currently doing in Malawi.
We work with families and communities to make sure girls like Melina can finish their education.