Malawi Children’s Initiative strives to improve the lives of children in one of the poorest countries in the world, where the average citizen earns $754 a year. Each year in Malawi, 43,000 children under the age of 5 will die (7% of children will die before they turn 5). The leading causes of childhood deaths include malnutrition and treatable infections such as malaria, respiratory infections, and diarrheal illnesses. 70% of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1.90 per day.
We hope to raise awareness about these conditions, raise funds to support vulnerable children and raise the hopes of Malawian Children.
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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!
The seed of Malawi Children’s Initiative was planted between 2011 -2013 when the Fitzgerald family moved to Malawi to live and work. There they daily 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 of both their patients, and the people they met on the streets.
Outside of their work they wanted to do more. With a strong belief in education they started by funding school fees for children they encountered who were in need. They also tried their hand at microfinancing small ventures, providing food for children and guardians at the central hospital, and supporting a local social worker in her work. They also adopted 8-month-old twin boys who had recently been orphaned, bonding the Fitzgerald family forever to the people of Malawi.
After returning to the United States they have continued their support of the initial programs and have worked to expand them. Malawi Children’s Initiative was born of their desire to do more for the Malawians they have come to love and respect.
For more of the Fitzgerald Family story see:
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Malawi Children's Initiative
121 Graylyn Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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.
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