Children from Malawi carrying water

A girl carries grain on her head to get it milled in Dickson, a village in southern Malawi that has been hard hit by drought in recent years, leading to chronic food insecurity, especially during the hunger season, when farmers are waiting for the harvest. In addition to providing emergency food, the ACT Alliance is working with farmers in this village to switch to alternative, drought-resistant crops, as well as installing an irrigation system and utilizing other improved techniques to increase agricultural yields. 


In the podcast, Kaufulu explains that his journalistic work consists of looking at social conditions that produce vulnerability, including the climate emergency, and how these cause displacements and destroy structures that ensure the security of children, pushing them into situations of exploitation. 

As a journalist, he had the opportunity to meet several children in vulnerable situations. For example, research held in 2009 in which he took part revealed that children as young as 12 headed many households in rural areas in Malawi. 

When asked about what churches can do to protect children in these vulnerable situations, Kaufulu said that because churches have a very consolidated structure, they can position themselves “to anticipate vulnerabilities when new emergent issues arrive». And specifically using their structure, leadership and communities to say: this is going on, can we pay attention to the children in our community, where are they?”

Kaufulu also stresses the importance of churches in raising awareness of the different channels that can provide support to vulnerable children and explaining that they can effectively help children in the various communities.

The podcast also reflects on ways to support children in reaching out to safe spaces where they are protected and cared for.

Listen to the podcast “Risks for child trafficking in Malawi” here

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