Explore Malawi

The Republic of Malawi is a country in south-east Africa, between Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. It’s about half the size of Great Britain. About a fifth of the country is taken up by Lake Malawi, the third-largest lake in Africa. At 29,600 km², it’s nearly as big as Belgium!

The major religions are Christianity and Islam, and the official languages are English and Chichewa.

Malawi is a beautiful country. There are lush forests and sandy beaches along the lake. It’s often called “the warm heart of Africa” because the people are so friendly. They’re known for being kind and welcoming.

But Malawi is also one of the poorest countries in the world, where almost half of its people live on less than 65p per day – that’s the price of two first-class stamps or two pints of milk.

Most of the 12.6 million people in Malawi are farmers. They grow tobacco, tea, sugar and cotton to sell. But droughts and floods can leave farmers with too little food to eat and no crops to sell. When harvests fail, people in Malawi often cannot afford to buy the food they need: one in five children are underweight and not healthy because they don’t get enough good food to eat.

A serious illness called AIDS is causing big problems in Malawi too. In Malawi, someone dies every nine minutes because of AIDS. More than 600,000 children have lost one or both of their parents because of AIDS – that’s one in every ten children growing up without their mum or dad.

The Blue Peter Shoe Biz Appeal is going to make a real difference to children in Malawi. By setting up Children’s Corners, we will be helping UNICEF to help thousands of children.

Photo Credits: UNICEF UK/2006/d’Elbee; UNICEF/HQ02-0510/Ami Vitale; UNICEF/HQ02-0511/Ami Vitale

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