Malawi

Malawi is one of Africa's most densely populated and least developed countries. Most people live in rural areas where water is scarce. As a result, many women and children spend hours of their day walking to collect it.

Malawi is among the worst hit in the long-running drought in Southern Africa caused by El Nińo. Since 80% of the population is employed in agriculture, the effects of the drought are particularly pervasive.

Kids in Malawi face a high risk of malnutrition and water-related disease before they reach the age of five. Access to clean drinking water and improved sanitation can drastically reduce both risks.

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Carolina and Tabia's Walk for Water

12-year-old Carolina and 14-year-old Tabia used to walk hours to get dirty water from a hole in the ground.

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About Malawi

  • 17,308,700 national population
  • 72% live below poverty line*
  • * Living below the poverty line is defined as earning less than $1.25/day.
  • 11% of rural lack access to water *
  • 60% of rural lack sanitation *
  • * We work almost exclusively in rural areas, where the need for clean water is incredibly great.

Our Work Here

  • Started working in 2007
  • 633,369 people served *
  • * This number represents the total number of people who will gain access to clean water after all projects have been completed. This number is updated periodically as we receive new information from the field.
  • 2,061 projects funded
  • $12,796,944 invested