Malawi | ActionAid UK


How we're changing lives for good in Malawi

Through our child sponsorship programme, ActionAid offers support and encouragement for girls to stay in education, working with local partners to provide mentors, houses for female teachers in rural areas and workshops for girls wishing to return to education. We work in adult literacy and partner with women’s forums to promote women’s rights within marriage.

We support women's forums, which are crucial in tackling violence against women and girls and child marriage. We help women farmers to develop sustainable farming practices to help them build a brighter future for their families, and we support local savings loan groups and seed banks.

We also support groups for people living with HIV and AIDS, fighting to improve access to anti-retroviral drugs and the nutrition necessary for these drugs to be effective.

Southern Africa food crisis 2020

Following several cyclones and unpredictable rainfalls, Malawi is currently facing a severe food crisis.

Recent reports estimate over 6.5 million in Malawi are facing chronic hunger, while more than 8 million (half the population) are in dire need of food aid

We are scaling up our response to reach as many people as possible in Malawi, ensuring the protection of women and girls and distributing essentials including maize, soya and cooking oil. 

Learn more about this crisis and how you can help

Cyclone Idai 2019

In March 2019, a devastating cyclone made landfall in southern Africa, affected over two million people across Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. 

Possibly the worst weather-related disaster to ever hit the southern hemisphere, Cyclone Idai killed at least 1,000 people and left 400,000 without a home. 

In Malawi, we reached around 12,700 people with our initial rapid response.

We worked with local women’s forums to ensure the protection of women and girls in evacuation camps, and distrubuted life-saving aid to Malawi's affected areas, including food, lamps, utensils, sleeping mats, soap and mosquito nets.

In the long-term, we are working to support communities as they rebuild their lives, including repairing and rebuilding schools, and reconstructing shelters. 

Find out more about Cyclone Idai and how it affected people in Malawi. 


Top image: Farida, 3, lives in Chinsapo community in Malawi, where ActionAid is helping to build a new early learning development centre. Paul Wu/ActionAid