Malawi was cast into the spotlight when Madonna adopted two local
children – David and Mercy. It’s a beautiful country known as the warm
heart of Africa. Extremely diverse and very safe, despite living in
grinding poverty, the people of Malawi are very friendly and welcoming.
Sadly, while absolute
poverty around the world has halved over recent decades, it has barely
fallen in Africa. As a graphic example, about two-fifths of the
population of sub-Saharan Africa have to survive for a week on what
someone earns in the UK in just one hour on the
|minimum wage. Village houses are made of mud and thatch
and few have piped water or electricity. Fewer than one in ten
Malawians have access to electricity. Water is collected from wells and
cooking is done over an open fire.
Malawi (also known as Lake Nyasa) dominates the country and is an
impressive 50 miles across at its widest point. It slices through 400
miles of the Great Rift Valley. The lake covers an area of 11,500
square miles and is home to colourful fish known as cichlids.