COVID-19 is still rampant in Malawi, especially in the cities. Until January, there were less than 200 deaths in the whole country. In that month alone, there were over 500 deaths. As of March, the spread has begun to slow, schools have reopened, and vaccine rollouts have begun.
Our best weapon against COVID-19 in Malawi is to support our brothers and sisters with access to clean water, handwashing stations, and training (known as WASH initiatives). Join our annual Water Walk to make this a reality for our friends in the villages.
We are so thankful that schools have now reopened. This includes our 60 high school students at One Heart Secondary School! In Malawi, there is no online instructional option. When schools are closed, children are not able to continue their education.
On our part, VIP has suspended Friendship and Medical Trips. We will reschedule new dates when international travel is safe for both Malawians and US travelers. Until then, our work in Malawi continues.
On the ground, we continue our work drilling wells, building schools, and more. A large piece of our work is conducting training sessions on everything from livestock management to maternal health. Every training held in the villages begins with COVID-19 awareness and distribution of washable masks, which are manufactured by local seamstresses.
For Malawi’s latest coronavirus statistics, visit the Malawi Ministry Of Health website.
COVID-19 is just one piece of a complex web of challenges keeping our friends in the village in extreme poverty. You can help families in Malawi lift themselves out of poverty.