Onga Community, Malawi

Onga Community, Malawi
  • Population22,357
  • Villages49
  • Temp 17°C

Onga is a rural community in southern Malawi.

Families here rely on available land resources to produce their food, but soil erosion and traditional farming methods mean that crop yield is low. Families are not able to produce enough for their growing children. 85% of people live on less than $2 USD a day.

The main health issues are lack of clean water and proper sanitation. The community also has difficulty accessing medicine and healthcare services.

Partnering together for a sustainable future.

By sponsoring children in Onga community, you are making an incredible difference in vulnerable children’s lives.

Your support is helping Onga community by improving the physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being of the most vulnerable children.

Through decades of experience, we have proven that the most effective way to help a child is to strengthen their entire community, caring for every child along the way. In fact, because of these community-focused solutions, for every child you sponsor, 4 more benefit too!

Together, we are tackling the hard problems, such as changing mindsets and behaviours to address the root causes of poverty. We're focusing on building skills, hope and opportunity for the children of Onga community.

Your support is making a life-changing impact for children in Onga.


96% of newborns in Onga community received essential care at birth, giving little ones the best possible start in life.


123 savings groups are empowering members to save money, earn interest, access loans, and better provide for their children.


162 people learnt how to use measures like hand-washing and social distancing, helping to protect children and families from COVID-19.


1,273 women and men were helped to access financial services like savings and loans, helping them to provide for their children's daily needs.


"I did not want to go to school, but a member of the children's club kept on visiting me and encouraging me to go. Now I attend regularly and encourage others to get an education." – Chimwemwe (10), pictured on left


"Before, I often went hungry and missed classes. Now, our family has a cow and we sell the milk. My mother can meet my needs and I have hope that I will complete my education." – Oliver (14)    


"I attend all of my classes and my mother provides me with school uniforms and textbooks. I eat breakfast every morning before class. I am working hard to fulfil my dream of becoming a pilot." – Nikisi (13), pictured on right

Transforming communities together.

We will continue our partnership with the Onga community until 2026. Continuing to build knowledge, skills and resilience through sustainable projects; equipping the community to identify and effectively respond to needs as they arise.


Started 2011



Completing 2026

“Our village chose me to be a child protection monitor. World Vision training helped me to be less scared and now I am able to help other children stay safe.”

- Chisomo (15), Onga community, Malawi

Chisomo pictured on right with black top

Did you know?

Did you know?

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is the second deepest lake in Africa and is globally important for biodiversity conservation because it is home to more species of fish than any other lake on the planet.

There are about 700 different types of cichlids (freshwater fish) in Lake Malawi which is 30% of all known cichlid species in the world!

Lake Malawi is about 580 kilometres long, 75 kilometres wide at its widest point and 706 metres at its deepest point.

Explorer David Livingstone described it as the “Lake of Stars” because thousands of fishing boats light up the surface of the lake with their lanterns at night.

Other ways you can help vulnerable children.

<h4>Sponsor a Child</h4>

Sponsor a Child

You can help another child break free from poverty, for good. Your sponsorship will help bring essentials like clean water, education and healthcare to a child and their community.

<h4>Childhood Rescue</h4>

Childhood Rescue

Children in the world’s most dangerous places need you now. Help them survive, recover and build a future. You can provide life-saving food, water and protection to kids whose lives are on the line.

<h4>Gift in your Will</h4>

Gift in your Will

Including a gift in your Will to World Vision is a wonderfully generous way to ensure the values that are important to you live on, as you continue impacting communities around the world.