There are 1.3 million orphans in Malawi.
Malawi is the 8th poorest country in the world
2 million children are living in extreme poverty
Half of all Malawians live on less than $0.32 per day
Right now, 1 of every 6 Malawian children is considered highly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, violence, or extreme poverty. These children are living below the poverty line and in need of nutritious food, access to education, and emotional support.
Half of all children under five are stunted by malnutrition.
Half a million Malawian children will be orphaned from AIDS-related causes this year.
Half of all children drop out of school before fifth grade.
Studies show orphans develop better when they remain with loved ones, as opposed to being raised in institutions. This is encouraging for Malawi's orphans, because 99% of children are cared for by extended family, friends, and local Community Based Organizations. But with 2 out of every 5 Malawians living on less than US $1 per day, many communities cannot afford the resources these children needed.
We collaborate with communities in Malawi in three important ways,
so they can care for vulnerable children.
Building a Community Business
that promotes economic independence
Promoting Holistic Care for Children
by investing in quality programming
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
by creating jobs and stimulating the economy
With each community facing a unique set of opportunities and challenges, we customize our programs to achieve the biggest impact on orphans' lives. We work closely with Community Based Organizations to build small businesses that generate income on an ongoing basis. Profits from these businesses are invested into orphan care programs, enabling communities to provide critical services such as scholarships, nutritious food, and emergency care.
goods for good uses a microenterprise model to build financial capacity of our communities. We complete extensive research and work closely with each community to help them launch a business that will work for them. These businesses sell their products in local markets, and then use the profits to fund orphan care programs in their community. So far, we have launched egg-laying chicken farms, broiler chicken farms, and tailoring co-ops. We are also piloting honeybee hives in the upcoming months.
Using the profits from our small businesses, local Community Based Organizations are able to provide critical care to orphans, including feeding programs, nursery school, HIV/AIDS prevention, school scholarships, and emotional support. goods for good further strengthens these programs by providing capacity-building training for the community’s caregivers, teachers, and local leaders. This helps the community address the unique needs of vulnerable children, in turn giving them the support needed to achieve their dreams.
goods for good’s businesses bring much-needed economic diversity and independence to communities that traditionally rely on subsistence farming. By training local Malawians to manage our businesses, they earn a living wage that helps them provide for their family throughout the year.
Our work has immediate results and lasting impact.
10 community businesses & 40 household businesses launched
nearly 95,000 vulnerable children supported since our founding
Over 419 adults trained in marketable skills
Funded and expanded orphan service programs, feeding programs, school scholarships, and more
Began and grew the community centers’ savings funds
Trained adults in entrepreneurship, bookkeeping and chicken rearing
10 community businesses & 40 household businesses launched
30% increased school attendance
419 people trained in marketable skills
Because goods for good works in partnership with communities, a little good goes a long way with us. When you make one community center financially sustainable, you help support its satellite centers, and tens of thousands of children in surrounding villages. That’s how we turn each good into a greater good.
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goods for good’s mission is to promote the successful development of
orphans and vulnerable children by collaborating with
Community Based Organizations to fill the resource gap.
goods for good builds the financial capacity of communities in Africa so they can provide orphan care.
Founder & Executive Director
Having lost her father at a young age, Melissa knows firsthand how losing a parent changes the course of a child’s life. Due in part to this experience, Melissa has committed herself to ensuring that the death of a parent does not determine a child’s fate. In 2005, Melissa’s position at the United Nations took her to Malawi. She brought with her basic goods, such as school supplies, and saw the immediate and profound impact they had on Malawi’s children.
Struck by the country’s orphan crisis, the altruistic and entrepreneurial spirit of local leaders, and the big impact of this seemingly simple concept, Melissa founded goods for good. Melissa set up two offices, one in New York City and the other in the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe. She spent her first year as the Executive Director of goods for good in Malawi traveling from village to village, forging partnerships with local community centers. Today, these relationships are the foundation of goods for good’s success.
Rebecca Levy Anikstein, Esq.
Senior Vice President,
Bank of America
Chief Operating Officer,
The KRE Group
Business Transformation Practice Director,
Principle, Metanoia Global Inc.
Founder & Executive Director,
goods for good
Mark L. Lakin, Esq.
Co-Founder, Epic Road
Fine Art Travel Photographer
Attorney at Law
Director of Residential Leasing,
The KRE Group
Chief of Party, Abt Associates
Esnath J. Kalyati
Consultant in Gender, Early Childhood and Social Development
Legal Practitioner, Chibambo & Company
Lecturer, Blantyre International University