Malawi is located in the south east of Africa and is about the size of Pennsylvania (approximately half the size of the United Kingdom, or roughly half as big again as Ireland). It is a landlocked country, surrounded by Mozambique,Zambia, and Tanzania. Lake Malawi (formerly Lake Nyasa) occupies most of the country's north eastern border. The North-South Rift Valley is flanked by mountain ranges and high plateau areas.

Malawi is a beautiful country, a quiet backwater with a real sense of "Old Africa". Lake Malawi has some really good beach lodges - particularly Likoma Island and Cape Maclear. Other areas are game viewing at Liwonde, tea plantations, and walking around Mount Mulanje. Lake Malawi is a great place to snorkel or scuba dive. The enormous numbers of colourful freshwater fish, combined with the massive granite boulders which make up much of the underwater terrain, makes a truly remarkable experience. Mumbo island is a pristine tropical island situated within the first freshwater marine reserve in the world. Warm water is ideally suited for those who prefer relaxed diving.




We believe it is necessary to be honest about the type of country Malawi is, as it is so easy to "write off" a nation through negative reporting. We need to focus on the assets which this nation has, and we believe they have much to offer. Yes, there have been difficult times for various reasons, but here is an opportunity to MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

The most important information about Malawi in our view is the following:
Malawi faces the triple threat of HIV/AIDS, food insecurity, and weak governance. Ranking 165th out of 177 on the UNDP Human Development Index, it has the fifth lowest GDP in the world. According to a recent assessment by the Malawi government and the World Bank, poverty continues to be widespread and there has been little or no progress in reducing poverty and inequality since 1998. Half of the population lives below the poverty line. HIV/AIDS prevalence is very high and health indicators are among the poorest in the world. At the current rate, it will require much effort and resources to meet the demands of the MDGs. The country is prone to droughts, and agriculture, a sector highly vulnerable to adverse weather conditions, is the mainstay of the economy. Food insecurity is a major feature in the country's profile.

Pastor Yolam and Grace