A wee bit about “The Warm Heart of Africa” and my role as a volunteer

From a fellow volunteer in my VSO Malawi Oct 2012 group…



Malawi is a landlocked country situated in South-East Africa.   Bordered by Tanzania to the north, Zambia to the west and Mozambique to the south, Malawi has a surface area of 118,500 km2.   Lake Malawi (the 11th largest fresh water lake worldwide) covers 1/5th of the total land area.

Lake Malawi


Nyasaland gained independence from the UK in July 1964 and is now what we know as Malawi.   Joyce Banda became president of Malawi earlier this year, only the second female president in Africa to date.

The country has a population of approx 12.1 million; 45% of the population, children, under the age of 5 years.   Only 1.3% of the population reach the age of 65 years with the average life expectancy estimated at 40 years.   Malawi is one of the poorest, least developed countries in the world with a Human Development Index (HDI) ranking 165…

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