Love Support Unite empowers communities to become self-sufficient, with a leg-up rather than a hand-out. We create self-sufficiency and food security through integrated community-based projects based around education, nutrition, enterprise and healthcare.
Using infrastructure and resources such as clean water and energy these projects aim to break reliance on aid and disrupt the cycle of poverty through sustainability.
The average school leaving age is 11 years old in Malawi. 92% of teenagers don’t complete secondary school, with less than 1% achieving education after secondary school.
Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45 per cent) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
Malawi has some of the lowest access to healthcare in the world with only 1 physician per 50,000 people; over half of Malawians live more than 5kms away from a medical centre and many can’t afford treatment. The country has 9th highest prevalence of HIV/AIDs in the world, which with malaria and other disease, makes child and adult mortality rates among the highest in Africa; 1 in 6 children is an orphan.
In Malawi 1.7 million people have no access to safe water and 10 million are without a source that enables adequate sanitation. As a result, more than 1700 children die in Malawi every year. Clean water does more to increase human lifespan than any kind of drug or surgery.
An economy dependent on struggling agriculture leaves over half the 18.5m population in poverty. 80% live in rural areas and rely on farming for income and food security. Lack of access to resources force farmers with their own land to have to work on other farms, trapping them in the poverty cycle due to low wages and high inflation. A single harvest means that only those with money, or who’ve saved enough from the previous harvest, have food security.