Malawi Children's Initiative


To improve the lives of Malawian children by supporting locally-led initiatives targeting healthcare, nutrition, and education.


 The seed of Malawi Children’s Initiative was planted between 2011-2013 when the Fitzgerald family moved to Malawi to live and work. Daily, they witnessed extreme poverty, malnutrition, and illness, unlike anything they had ever seen. Working full time as physicians, caring for adults and children with HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and malnutrition, they were inspired by the day-to-day struggle to survive by their patients and the people they met on the streets. They also adopted 8-month-old twin boys who had recently been orphaned, bonding the Fitzgerald family forever to the people of Malawi. Malawi Children’s Initiative was formally established in 2017 as a way to increase awareness of the daily struggles faced by Malawians and to raise funds to alleviate some of the sufferings.

News and Updates

November 26, 2019


Check out our November newsletter for our latest updates!

October 28, 2019


It is with gratitude and hope that we'd would like to announce that the Malawi Children’s Initiative, with support from KCH Hospital, UNC Project Malawi and UNC Pediatric Global Health, will be opening the Kamuzu Central Hospital Pediatric Lab on November 11, 2019!!! Meet Chisomo and Farai, our first MCI-funded employees (and Mr. Senzani of the KCH Lab)!!!

September 17, 2019


MCI is funding Webster, an ultrasound technician, to attend Makerere University in Uganda to further his IT and computer skills. Webster played an integral part in bringing internet access, along with digital radiography to the Pediatric Department. We are proud to support him. His education and future work at Kamuzu Central Hospital will help improve clinical care for countless children.

May 20, 2019


The cabinets have been built and the walls have been painted in the lab that is currently being built in Kamuzu Central Hospital for the pediatric department! This lab will change the way providers deliver care--- children will no longer wait for days or before it is too late, for a diagnosis. Click the photo to be directed to our gallery that contains other progress photos!

May 1, 2019


The construction has begun for the pediatric department at Kamuzu Central Hospital-- the tertiary referral hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi! This lab will help the hospital's clinicians make life-saving diagnoses sooner and with better accuracy. As of now, the room has been cleared, an air conditioning unit and burglar bars have been installed, and benches are being built. We look forward to uploading pictures as we make progress! Additonal photos can be found in our gallery.

April 5, 2019


The 24-Hour Run and Festival for Malawi raised over $32,000! There were over 100 runners and 400 people at our festival!! Renovations for the lab in Malawi begin this week! THANK YOU to the runners, the pledgers and donators, and the friends and family who made this happen. We are so honored and overwhelmed by the love and support.

November 14, 2019


Today we officially opened the KCH Pediatric Lab. Thank you to everyone who has supported us, and please spread the word. This is just the beginning!

October 14, 2019


See MCI's progress this year in our new newsletter! Click the picture below.

September 9, 2019


A month ago this young man was in bed barely able to breathe, unable to lie down and sleep due to his pain and inability to catch his breath. He was not responding to 2 months of treatment for tuberculosis and was near death. However, a CT scan funded by MCI revealed his diagnosis of Lymphoma, not TB. He is now undergoing cancer treatment and thriving.


Special thanks to those who funded the CT -Cappy, Seth, Susie, Christina, Chris, Trish, Ann and John.

May 18, 2019


Thank you to our sponsors and attendees for joining us at our second annual Cocktails for Malawi. It was a memorable night with cocktails poured by TOPO and music played by Notasium. We raised over 15K that goes directly to our initiatives benefitting the children of Malawi. Click the photo below to view our full gallery of the event!

April 15, 2019


David and Elizabeth Fitzgerald are soon packing up and moving back to Malawi to help care for sick children-- hear more from their interview by Spectrum News by clicking the photo below.

March 25, 2019


Founders of MCI, Drs. Elizabeth and David Fitzgerald honored by 97.9 The Hill news station as Hometown Heroes. Click the photo to hear the full story!

Meet our first group of students in their new school!

As a mother of five, I think the take home message is that these mothers and these parents love their children just as much as we do and that these children feel pain and fear and suffer just as much as our children would and we have the direct opportunity here to improve their care and give them a chance to survive and thrive and grow and play.

Dr. Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Co-Founder

Donate Directly

Every penny donated goes directly towards our initiative to better the lives of Malawian Children

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Set up monthly contributions. Even the smallest donations can go a really long way in Malawi. Click the "Donate" button or email us and we'll see you up!

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Host an Event

We are thankful for our community's support. Some previous examples include dinner parties, the 24-Hour Run, and elementary school partnerships. Have an idea? We'd love to help you plan!

How to Help

You can contact us or donate by check to:

Malawi Children's Initiative

PO Box 1401

Carrboro, NC 27510



MCI is a 501c3 non-profit
EIN number 82-0674504

All funds donated to MCI are used for care and education in Malawi, minus financial fees for donations and for money transfers.