Nutritious food is scarce in Malawi so mothers like Eliza (pictured) struggle to give their children the vital nutrients they need. Many Malawian families live on nsima, a porridge made from maize, and little else. This staple dish contains very few nutrients so families that depend on it are at risk of malnutrition, illness and disease.
More than one third of Malawian children have chronic malnutrition, which causes vitamin deficiencies and impaired growth and development. Sadly, many children in Malawi don’t live past the age of five.
When families are malnourished, they cannot thrive. Children lack the strength to attend school and excel, and mothers struggle to work and make ends meet. This cruel cycle of poverty takes a toll on Malawian families.
In Malawi, food is scarce and many families survive on maize alone.
Without legumes or vegetables, people are starved of vital nutrients.
Without essential nutrients, people are susceptible to illness and disease, and children struggle with chronic malnutrition.
Malnourished children face serious health and developmental challenges. Worse still, some don’t live beyond age five.
Chronic malnutrition deprives children and their parents of the strength to learn and earn. They remain trapped in an intergenerational cycle of poverty.
Provide mothers with tools and training so they can grow their own vegetable gardens.
Empower mothers to become health educators and share nutrition and healthy eating advice with other parents.
Train mothers to operate a peanut butter machine to earn an income and feed their families nutritious peanut butter.