Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, placing in the bottom five annually for decades. HIV-AIDS, Malaria, malnutrition, and other diseases have devastated this country. 16.7 percent of children under 18 are Orphans and Vulnerable Children (1.5 million). Out of those children, almost one million have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. According to UNICEF, one-fifth of Malawian households care for orphans and vulnerable children. A majority of these families do not have the resources to provide necessary nutritional, educational, or medical care.
Established in 2014, Manna House Malawi currently operates two orphan care centers outside the capital city of Lilongwe in Matchakaza and Mtambo villages, opening in 2016 and 2019 respectively. The name, Manna House, comes from John, Chapter 6, in the Bible. Jesus reminds His audience of the food, which was called manna, which came from heaven. The manna that the people ate only sustained them physically, however, Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life” (John 6:35) and those who eat of that bread will have eternal life (John 6:51). The mission of Manna House Malawi is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ while providing meals and other forms of care and support to the orphans of Malawi.