Malawi is home to an estimated 1,000,000 orphans and has few resources or facilities to care for so many children. According to UNICEF, nearly 13% of children have lost their parents or caregivers and 17% are living without their biological parents.

It is not uncommon to find families with no parents—due to disease or to abandonment—in which the oldest sibling is caring for the youngest. Without parents, obtaining an education and health care, maintaining nutritious habits, and fulfilling basic needs can be a struggle.


Raising Malawi works with agencies to ensure orphans receive needed care. By working to interrupt the cycle of disease and poverty, we can slow and decrease the numbers of orphans in the future, including the following programs:

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