MORE THAN JUST FEEDING IN MALAWI
In 2004, we decided to do more than just feeding and provide long term help to Malawians to create a better future for themselves and their families.
The Republic of Malawi is a landlocked country in South East Africa and is among the world’s least developed and most densely populated countries. Of the 15 million people in Malawi, it is estimated that three of every 10 children will die before they reach age five. The life expectancy of a child born in 2009 is only 50 years, mainly due to malnutrition and infections.
Approximately two million Malawi children are orphans without any means of providing for themselves or their siblings.
With the help of the Malawi Project, a qualified charity dedicated to help the people of Malawi since 1993, and Napoleon Dzombe, a local leader who assures that VitaMeal bags are delivered to those who need them the most, Nu Skin® financed the building of the Madalitso VitaMeal plant in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital.
The plant opened in November 2004 and produces VitaMeal Roasted Maize & Soya Bean Porridge, the food that Malawians are accustomed to eating. The Malawi VitaMeal plant is boosting the Malawian economy, providing approximately 400 jobs for farmers growing the ingredients and plant workers who produce the VitaMeal porridge.
Today, the Madalitso VitaMeal plant is producing over two million meals per month, providing vital nourishment for Malawian orphans and helps to draw many children to school who would otherwise have to work and provide for their families.
Since 2004, all Nourish the Children® donations sent from Europe, have been going directly to malnourished children in Malawi, which makes such a difference in their lives.