World Vision Malawi through its National Strategy invests in improving learning out comes among children aged 3-14.
Through Literacy Boost Programme World Vision Malawi promotes literacy and numeracy skills among pre-scholars and primary school children.
Unlike in the past when focus was on infrastructure, World Vision Malawi concentrates on building capacity of teachers, providing learning materials, sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools to enable a safe and conducive environment.
By 2015, World Vision Malawi facilitated the establishment of 632 functional Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres and 748 Reading Camps in 35 Area Programmes; distributed 78,800 story books to schools and reading camps; trained 3,176 teachers in teaching literacy and 2,317 volunteers on how to support literacy.
• Through Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme, World Vision Malawi (WVM) ensures that children and mothers are well nourished, are protected from preventable diseases and have access to essential health services.
• WVM supports government with drugs and pharmaceuticals, immunization campaigns, and building the capacity of community health workers.
• The organization also helps communities to manage malnutrition and improve feeding practices through Positive Deviance (PD) hearth approach and Care Groups.
• In 2015, 19,594 children graduated from Community Complementary Feeding Learning Sessions; 1,594 Care Groups established; 15,940 Care Group Volunteers trained in health and nutrition interventions and more than 150,000 households reached through Care Group Volunteers with health and nutrition counselling in 31 WVM Area Programmes.
• To ensure children and mothers are protected from preventable diseases, 9,436 pregnant mothers received Long Lasting Insecticides Treated Nets from health facilities; 63,968 Care Givers were reached with messages on malaria prevention and management; 89,288 caregivers were reached with messages on diarrhea management and 119,095 Care Givers reached with Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) prevention and management messages.
• In 2015, WVM secured a US$7.3 million grant from Global Fund to implement a Malaria Programme between January 2016 and December 2017. The programme focuses on providing pre service training and refresher course on New Malaria Guidelines to 6,027 Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs); Behaviour Change Communication; mentorship and supervision of the trained HSAs.
Malawi Water Sanitation and Hygiene (M-WASH)
• World Vision Malawi through Water Sanitation and Hygiene project aims at reducing the prevalence of diarrhoea among under five children.
• WVM works with partners and communities to prevent diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases by constructing and rehabilitating boreholes and water piped systems and sanitary facilities
• Between 2011 and March 2016, WVM through M-WASH has constructed 1,130 new boreholes, rehabilitated 832 boreholes, installed 651 water taps, constructed 754 modern toilets in schools and reached out to 584,130 community members.
• Through Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach, WVM empowers communities to stop open defecation and use latrines without external prescriptions for latrines models or hardware subsidy. Through this approach 1,859 villages in 21 Area Programmes have been declared Open Defecation Free.
• In April 2015 World Vision Malawi officially launched a gravity fed piped water system in Chikwina Mpamba Area Programme in Nkhatabay district costing about US$5,000,000.
Food Security and Household Resilience
• Security and Resilience aims at improving dietary intake for mothers and children. The organization provides communities with necessary tools to stop the cycle of poverty, enable them to be food secure and increase their ability to care of their families. This is done through Savings Groups, Local Value Chain, Conservation Agriculture and Farmer Managed Natural Resources (FMNR) approaches.
• Some of the interventions under MFS&R include provision of improved farm inputs, formation of community seed and grain banks, formation of Savings Groups, irrigation farming, conservation agriculture and livestock farming.
• Through economic development interventions, WVM has reached out to 3,504 Saving Groups who up to date have made savings totaling to 362,169,909 Malawi Kwacha.
• WVM in partnership with Vision Fund Malawi and Farm Concern International is currently implementing a five year programme called Transforming Household Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) Malawi programme. The programme aims at building improved resilient livelihoods for 30,874 small holder farmers.
• WVM is working in partnership with Vision Fund Malawi (a World Vision Micro Finance Institution) to enable impoverished households to increase their incomes. The programme has a portfolio of US$2 million and is reaching out to 27,000 clients.
• WVM builds the capacities of local staff and communities in dealing with risks and impact of natural disasters.
• During response and recovery period, WVM provides essentials such as food and non food items for example tents, blankets, water purification treatment and Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLITNs)
• During the 2015 floods response, WVM worked with government, Churches, UN agencies and other partners to reach out to about 667,000 people with support totaling to US$866,000 sourced from within and abroad.
• WVM worked with government and WFP to respond to people affected by prolonged drought in Chitipa, Mwanza, Neno, Mangochi and Chikwawa districts. Out of 2.8 million people declared food insecure (according to Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee 2015 Report) WVM is reaching out to about 600,000 people with food and non food items and cash.
Advocacy and Justice for Children
• World Vision Malawi through Child Protection and Advocacy (CPA), works with the Government of Malawi and other partners to improve the protection of children vulnerable to violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect and the impact of HIV and AIDS.
• Currently, WVM is implementing Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) Project that empowers community members to monitor and demand accountability for services through engagement and dialogue.
• WVM has integrated its CPA and CVA models into the four Technical Programs (MLEARN, MWASH, MNECH and MFS&R) to address child protection challenges in its Area Programs in a more systematic approach in order to yield better results for the most vulnerable children.
• WVM through Channels of Hope (CoH) programme mobilizes community leaders, especially faith leaders, to respond to core issues affecting their communities for instance HIV and AIDS, maternal and child health, gender equity and gender-based violence, child protection and food security.
• In 2015, 2,466 children were rescued from child marriages and child labour in 16 WMV Area Programmes.
• More than 217,000 children were reached with child protection messages.
Child Health Now (CHN)
WVM through Child Health Now (CHN) campaign, a global campaign that aims at reducing preventable deaths of children under the age of five years, calls for the government to (a) prioritize nutrition so that disease, infection and under nutrition among mothers, newborns and children under five can be addressed (b) improve access and quality of health services in poor and rural communities.
WVM ensures full, equal and meaningful participation of children and adults with disabilities in all spheres of society. 1n 2015, WVM through Gift in Kind (GIK) donations received 165 wheelchairs from Australia and these were distributed to Malawi Against Polio, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital’s Orthopedic department and other institutions. The organization has also been providing hearing aids to children with hearing problems.
World Vision Malawi’s Gender policy aims at reinforcing the organization’s Christian foundation, identity and witness whereby human beings, male and female complement each other.