Who We Are & Why We Are Needed
ABOUT THE VIDEO
“Angels” was written and sung by Brenda Burch, Nurture Our World’s Chief Corporate Advisor, and video editing by David Kipp M.D., Chief Information Officer.
These precious children in the video, touched our lives on our visits to Malawi. We hope they will capture your hearts as well and create in you a desire to join us as a donor, and become a Nurture Our World “Angel”.
Malawi is facing dire needs in several critical areas.
- Over 1 Million Orphans
- Medical Care Crisis
- Lack of Education
- Lack of Clean Water and Sanitation
- Extreme Poverty
- Devestation of Cyclone Freddy
An “Unacceptable” Situation
There are over 1 million orphans in Malawi
A great majority of these orphans and other vulnerable children suffer depression, increased malnutrition, lower rates of immunizations, lower rates of schooling, homelessness, and exposure to HIV infection.
Over 1/2 million children suffer from acute severe malnutrition
Cases among children have increased over the past five years and accelerated significantly in recent months. It is estimated that this year, over 62,000 children under five are at risk of severe acute malnutrition, also known as wasting.
Medical care is among the worst in the world!
Malawi has the lowest-ranking health system among countries that are not affected by civil wars, however, the medical services delivered still rank lower than some war-torn countries. There are only an average of 600 doctors, in the entire country of 21 million! Meanwhile, an ongoing cholera outbreak has already resulted in 1,750 deaths.
Lack of Education is a major problem!
Primary schools are free but poor children have no access to school supplies that are needed to attend. Secondary schools begin at 9th grade and are not free. Most orphaned children drop out of school at this point because there is no money for them to pay tuition, uniforms, and other school supplies required to attend school. 67% of students do not complete primary, 77% do not complete junior secondary education, and 85% do not complete senior secondary education.
4 million people lack access to safe drinking water.
Because of Cyclone Freddy, which destroyed southern Malawi in March of 2023, 918 boreholes were totally submerged, with an estimated 1,008,976 people in urgent need of access to clean water and sanitation.
Malawi, has the fourth highest percentage of people living in extreme poverty in the world.
In Malawi, more than two-thirds of the population lives in extreme poverty, almost all of whom rely on small-scale farming for their livelihoods.
Malawi suffered the most catastrophic consequences from Cyclone Freddy.
Strong winds, mudslides, landslides, and flashfloods hit 15 districts in the country’s Southern region. 676 people have lost their lives, most washed away in the flooding. Around 923,000 people have been displaced. Critical infrastructure, including homes, health facilities, schools, roads, bridges, food stores and markets were damaged or destroyed along with livestock,crops and fields.
The Primary Focus of Nurture Our World
Raising funds and developing resources that directly affect these areas of critical need for children in Malawi.