Book Aid International has worked in Malawi since the late 1960s. In 2011 we sent nearly 50,000 books to Malawi. Our main partner is the Malawi National Library Service (MNLS) who receive, clear, sort and distribute all the books and materials we send. Through the MNLS network and our other partners we send books to community libraries, universities, colleges, schools and non-government organisations.
Human development index ranking: 171st out of 187 countries
Life expectancy at birth: 54.2 years
Under-fives mortality rate: 110 deaths per 10,000 live births
Adult literacy: 73.7%
Net enrolment in primary education: 97%; secondary education: 28%
Total enrolment in tertiary education: 10,296
Why we work in Malawi
Malawi is a very poor country relying mainly on agriculture. It has been very badly affected by HIV/AIDS; there are half a million AIDs orphans in the country. Similar to many countries we work in, English is the language of instruction from the 5th year of school, so that there is a great need for books to help this transition and to support learning in subsequent years. With the unceasing support of our donors, we are able to provide books to public, school and college libraries, many of which receive few books from other sources.