Malawi, according to the United Nations, is one of the world’s least developed countries and also one of the most populous. Poverty is widespread—nearly three-quarters of the population survives on less than $1.25 a day.
Malawi experienced severe flooding in 2015, displacing more than 230,000 people. As the floods came in during the planting season, farmers not only lost their crops, but also their livelihoods for the next season.
That crisis was followed in 2016 with another weather crisis linked to El Niño. And then, Cyclone Idai slammed into the country in 2019—according to the United Nations, it was one of the worst weather-related disasters to hit the Southern Hemisphere in recent history.
Beyond emergencies, water and sanitation have been long-standing issues in Malawi: More than half of the population does not have adequate access to safe and clean water. Awareness of good hygiene is also low, and, as a result, waterborne diseases are one of the major causes of death in children.
With all this considered, one thing remains clear: The people of Malawi are resilient and, with the support of donors like you, families in need there can access opportunities to break the chains of poverty and move toward success.
Islamic Relief Malawi was established in 2006, following an official presidential request for international humanitarian support.
Here’s just a sampling of recent efforts for families in need across Malawi
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of better Malawi a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.