Bringing hope to children in need in Malawi

1 location

275+ children

0 living on-site

15+ graduates

About VOH Malawi

VOH Malawi opened in January 2006, and our newest Center located in Kauma opened in September 2019. We care for over 275 children and employ over 20 Malawians. Our Center is located in Kauma.

Kauma is a high-density, low-income community of approximately 50,000 people located less than 5 km from the city centre in Lilongwe, Malawi. Many families in Kauma survive on less than $2 per day, and three out of every four people are unemployed.

The majority of children in Kauma do not have access to quality education, and those fortunate enough to be in school face class sizes with more than 100 students per teacher. In addition, most people living in the area do not have electricity or running water.

Our Programs

Education

We work with a local committee of community leaders to identify children who are amongst the most vulnerable in the area to join our school. In addition, we offer a one-year paid internship program for our graduates. The interns rotate through departments, gaining experience and learning from our staff. At the end of their year, they receive scholarship funds they can use to further education or as seed money for a small business.

Feeding Program

All VOH Malawi students attend our daily feeding program each day. Our parent volunteers prepare a nutritional meal of HEPS (High Energy Protein Supplement) porridge each morning. On days when we hold remedial classes or extracurricular activities, we also provide lunch. In addition, students receive milk three times a week. Our feeding program runs year-round, even during school holidays.

Healthcare

VOH covers the cost of any medical appointments or medications the children need. We partner with a local private clinic where the children can get treated for common medical problems to avoid trips to the district hospital. The nearest district hospital is more than 6 km away. Wait times at the hospital are long, medicine and medical supplies struggle to meet demand, and, due to the cramped conditions, the spreading of disease is a concern.

Family-Focused Shelter

VOH Malawi maintains one children’s home in a community in the northern part of Lilongwe. Children living in this home go to a local private Christian school, which is within walking distance. They have a housemother who lives with them in the home, and two aunties come and go daily to assist with their care. For those in the home with living relatives, the children stay connected with them and visit during holidays.

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