This has been the key message of Mphatso Children’s Foundation for many years because we believe that it is the way to bring slow positive change to the communities we are a part of.  We feed over 1,000 children each school day through our 13 nursery school programs, spread along a 40km stretch of Lake Malawi, because we know that without good nutrition, children are unable to develop physically and academically to reach their full potential.


The bowl of porridge, allows them one good meal a day regardless of their family’s circumstance. This proves especially important during the “hungry months”, between crops. Nursery Schools don’t just feed the children, they also provide a rich, stimulating class environment with qualified nursery teachers. The children learn numeracy, literacy and are developed physically and socially through an interactive program. This better prepares them for school and increases regular attendance.

Sponsorship is provided for students showing academic ability, good character and a willingness to learn. Some are at private secondary schools and some at University. This opportunity will not only impact their future, but also those of their family and their community.

'The lives that we impact now are the ones that will impact the future of Malawi.'

'To grow a community you need to be a part of a community'.

To grow a community you need to be a part of a community. Mphatso seeks to do this in both formal and informal ways. Informally, Mphatso provides a fun and safe environment in which children can play. Toy animals, cars, dolls, and dress-ups are used almost daily by children after school. Mphatso also provides sporting equipment and sponsorship to local football and netball teams. In a more formal capacity, Mphatso Children’s Foundation provides sewing groups, a book club, a Positive Living group, and Bible study groups where people from the community can gather together, support each other and learn together.

We endeavour to work alongside our staff and community leaders to relieve the effect of poverty in our communities.  The lives that we impact now are the ones that will impact the future of Malawi.