The Mango Tree Orphan Support Programme

Learning and Skills 4 Life - Malawi

Our project will support the expansion of our education, training and micro-enterprise development activities into Mwanza District, Malawi to support post-COVID-19 recovery. It includes extra tuition, school water, sanitation and gardening projects, sexual health and women's business development.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1095767)

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Championed by Waterloo Foundation (International)


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls


Multiple locations


Malawi ranks 172 on UNDP’s Human Development Index (HDI) and scores poorly for Health, Education and Gender Development indicators. Our project will address the following: • Low school enrolment rates in secondary and tertiary levels • Poor quality of education and skills/ entrepreneurial training • Inequality of education access and retention in rural areas – females, disabled people and poor households. • COVID-19 impacts – C-19 orphans, gender-based violence (GBV) and loss of earnings.


Over three years we will work with parents, orphan guardians, teachers, community leaders and a network of village volunteers to remove identified barriers to poor school attendance. We will add value to current school provision to improve education standards, particularly for orphans, girls and women, supporting their economic independence and employability.

  • I leave home every day at 6am to get to school. There is no electricity at home, so I use my grandmother’s torch to study. Last year I got the sixth highest grade, and this year I was the highest performing student in my class. I would like to become a primary school teacher.”

    — Eliza Kambo, Age 9, Wangutwa Primary School

  • "Volunteering at The Mango Tree family-based care home transformed me - I learnt how to live and interact with different people. It gave me confidence and independence. TMT funded me to study Kiswahili & History at Tangaza University in Nairobi and I graduated in 2017 with a BA Degree."

    — Hellen Achieng Onyango, aged 25

  • “I know how hard it is for girls to succeed, which is why I’m supporting my girls to stay in school. I can really help my family by investing in their education. The TMT aquaculture project has the potential to transform lives – especially for women who were dependent on fisherman."

    — Caroline Atieno, guardian mother and aquaculture project benenficiary