CONDITIONS IN MALAWI
The small central African country of Malawi is known for its friendly people, stunning beauty, and tremendous poverty. Average per capita income in Malawi is below $200 per year, and Malawi consistently ranks among the world’s ten poorest countries.
Particularly in rural areas, basic services such as schools, electricity, clean water, and passable roads are unavailable to many families. Shortage of farmland and lack of money to purchase food lead to chronic malnutrition in Malawi, and like many other sub-Saharan African countries, Malawi is also facing an HIV/AIDS crisis, compounded by high prevalence of other deadly diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis. Average life expectancy in Malawi is only 37 years, among the lowest in the world.