Graduating Ultra-Poor Orphan Families


This project is aiming to support ultra-poor orphan families on an upward trajectory out of poverty with children being cared for, well-nourished and educated in Blantyre, Malawi.



IR Malawi is currently implementing an Orphan Child Welfare Program (OCWP) sponsoring more than 745 orphaned children in Blantyre District. Most of the targeted families do not have reliable and resilient income. This and other factors result in families’ limited income of less than $1.9 a day per person. Due to the limited income, orphan families remain vulnerable to immediately access nutritious food that results in exposing their orphaned children at malnutrition risk.

Donation Details and Impact

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  • $270 per family- provide mosquito nets and medication vouchers (400 families)
    • Contract local pharmacies to support orphans’ medicine needs through share costs between the project and the beneficiaries.
  • $500 per family- provide food vouchers for orphan families during lean period for a 6 month period (400 families)
    • Orphan families will receive food assistance during the lean period for a 6 month period (400 families)
  • $970 per child- Support an unsponsored orphan’s education for 2 scholastic years (400 orphan children)
    • Support 400 targeted families’ non-sponsored children’s education (1 additional child per family) through limited sponsorship (2 scholastic years, 6 quarters = 3 quarters per year)
  • $1,000 for two families- Provide productive assets for 400 orphan families (livestock and agricultural inputs)
    • Provide each family with 2 productive assets (livestock and agricultural related)
    • Support targeted families’ micro-businesses through careful monitoring and tracking.
  • $1,425- Provide financial training and business training for orphan guardians on small business activities, the distribution of goats and agricultural tools/seeds (400 families)
    • Assist the 400 orphan guardians (200 per phase) in selecting appropriate livelihood options that match their skill sets and prior experience. (Livestock rearing and agricultural activities)
    • Link the orphan family members to local service providers such as private sector and/or government services.
    • Support the orphan guardians to form 20 Savings & Loans Groups (SLGs), each group composed of 15 – 25 orphan guardians.
  • $1,000 for one hand pump- Rehabilitation of 30 hand pumps (30 total)
    • Repair 30 defective water facilities (hand pumps) within the targeted orphan families’ areas

What you Receive

  • Tier 1 Donation Amount: $1 – $999
  • Tier 2 Donation Amount: $1,000 – $9,999
    • Everything from Previous Tier
    • Project Report- Provided bi-annually to Tier 2 donors.  Example here.
    • Case Study(optional)-  Depending upon the conditions in the field including the safety of field offices and participants, testimonials may be collected from the field periodically and combined with field data to create case studies.  Some examples of case studies are below:
  • Tier 3 Donation Amount: $10,000+
    • Everything from Previous Tiers
    • Personal communication from Fund Development team
    • Webinar with Programs staff on achievements of the project

Recent Activity

From the Field


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Project Completion: February 3, 2025

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