Orphans in Malawi

Photo of Courageous holding the hand of an orphan child she is caring for.

This is Courageous.

She was an orphan. Her parents died when she was ten. She lived on the streets with her older brother, sister and baby brother. “We lived like animals to survive”, she said. Then an orphanage took them in. “They gave us food and the Gospel, which made us feel human again.”

Today, she is ‘Mum’ to 97 orphan children, ranging in age from babies to teenagers. They go to a school where Feed The Hungry provides daily food for all the students. Before the food started coming four years ago, only 46% passed their grades. Now an incredible 96% pass!

Consider making a special gift today to help the innocent children of Malawi by providing a hot and nutritious meal. As always, the food you send goes directly to our local church and missionary friends who ensure it gets to those who really need it, like Courageous and her children.

Life in Malawi


  • Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranked 174 of 189 countries on the Human Development Index.
  • Over half the population lives in poverty, and one-fifth in extreme poverty.
  • Access to clean water, sanitation, and health care remain significant challenges for many Malawians, especially in rural areas.
  • With 80 per cent of the population dependent on agriculture, the economy is extremely vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters.


  • Malawi has enjoyed sustained peace and stable governments since independence in 1964.
  • One-party rule ended in 1993. Since then, multiparty presidential and parliamentary elections have been held every five years.
  • Despite making significant economic and structural reforms to sustain economic growth, Malawi remains one of the poorest countries in the world.


  • Inflation remains high at 29% (July 2023) and food prices are increasing rapidly due to supply
  • Over 80% of the population is engaged in subsistence farming, even though agriculture only contributes 28% of GDP.
  • Malawi invests more in agriculture than any other African country.