The Chisomo Children's Club in Malawi promotes long-term change by providing direct services to hundreds of street children and their families, enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty and to have hope for the future.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 74% of its population of 11 million people living on less than $1.25 a day. Malawi has an estimated 1 million orphans and up to 10,000 children living and working on the streets, with the vast majority of these being located in the main urban centers of Lilongwe and Blantyre.
The Chisomo Children's Club provides street children age 14 and under with food, medical care, counseling, education, recreation and shelter. We work closely with street children and their families to help them address the root causes of the problems that led them onto the streets. Our primary goal is to enable street children to return to life in a caring and stable family environment.
This year, we aim to enable 400 street children to move away from the street; for each child that is helped we estimate that three more members of the community (parents, siblings, teachers, neighbors) will indirectly benefit from Retrak's support.