RiseMalawi provides nutritious meals for children to keep them in school and help them stay healthy. Most children in Malawi have only one meal a day in their homes and may sometimes go days without proper nourishment. Parents often choose to send their children to work in farms in order to find food rather than sending them to school. We believe that when families struggle to put food on their table, it takes away the opportunity for students to reach their full potential.
Poverty prevalence is so high in Malawi. Over 60% of the population lives in abstract poverty. A majority of them live on $1 per day. Most of our beneficiaries have one meal per day in their homes and sometimes they can go days without proper meals. We believe that when families struggle to put food on their table, it all breaks down in the lives of these little ones and often children are affected in all aspects of their life. Parents would rather send their kids to work in farms in order to find food for the day than sending them to school. The UNICEF report estimates that over 1.5 million children work in tobacco farms. So we provide nutritious meals to all campers in order to keep them in school. The feeding program helps the children and youth to remain in school and at the same time helping their health.