Malawi Children’s Village (MCV), located on the southwest shore of Lake Malawi, is a village-based support program that serves over 2,000 HIV/AIDS orphans living with members of their extended family in 39 villages. An independent, non-sectarian organization managed by Malawians, MCV provides a wide range of supports for vulnerable children and families, including healthcare services, secondary and vocational education, shelter, and agricultural programs. Among its activities, MCV trains and supports two staff from each village to work with families to ensure that orphans in their care thrive physically and academically.
YPI provides a range of direct supports to MCV through financial donations, in-kind contributions, and technical assistance. It has provided bicycles for orphans, permitting them to pursue their education more easily, and has supported the construction of housing for families in distress. YPI has also undertaken an evaluation of MCV’s programs and has participated in supporting the agency’s secondary school.