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This small East African nation (about the size of Pennsylvania) is currently the poorest country in the world, with an annual per capita income of less than $366 ($1 per day), and an average life expectancy of 52 years. Within its population of about 12 million, over 600,000 are orphans—the result of widespread HIV/AIDS, which kills nearly 80,000 people per year. There is an entire generation missing here... parents. There are children and there are some grandparents, but the middle generation, the parents, the breadwinners, are missing.

Life in rural Malawi is not easy. Mud or brick huts with tin or thatched roofs. Some have openings for windows. Others do not. Some have more than one room, many do not. No kitchen. No bathroom. No beds. Possibly a mat to sleep on. Sometimes a mattress on the ground. Hopefully a mosquito net to sleep under, unless it is being used to catch fish. No electricity. Water pumped from a community well, hopefully nearby. Laundry often done in a river or lake.

Rural Village Life, Mulanje, Malawi


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This small East African nation (about the size of Pennsylvania) is currently the poorest country in the world, with an annual per capita income of less than $366 ($1 per day), and an average life expectancy of 52 years. Within its population of about 12 million, over 600,000 are orphans—the result of widespread HIV/AIDS, which kills nearly 80,000 people per year.  There is an entire generation missing here... parents.  There are children and there are some grandparents, but the middle generation, the parents, the breadwinners, are missing.<br />
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Life in rural Malawi is not easy.  Mud or brick huts with tin or thatched roofs.  Some have openings for windows.  Others do not.  Some have more than one room, many do not.  No kitchen.  No bathroom. No beds.  Possibly a mat to sleep on.  Sometimes a mattress on the ground.  Hopefully a mosquito net to sleep under, unless it is being used to catch fish.  No electricity.  Water pumped from a community well, hopefully nearby.  Laundry often done in a river or lake.<br />
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Rural Village Life, Mulanje, Malawi<br />
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