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The Chinsapo Rainbow Home Based Care Centre is located in Chinsapo, a densely populated, semi-urban area made up of 11 villages within the outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi‘s capital city. With approximately 35,000 residents, Chinsapo is constantly expanding as migrants move closer to the city to seek employment. The area is subject to both a high HIV prevalence (in 2005, 18.1% of pregnant mothers were living with HIV/AIDS) and significant poverty, with most of the inhabitants using informal trading as a means of making ends meet.

Chinsapo’s diverse composition, caused by the migration of people of different cultural and familial backgrounds, leads to a less cohesive community than most found throughout Malawi, making children particularly vulnerable. The extended family system is often weaker than in villages, and this has resulted in the displacement of orphans and vulnerable children, and led to more limited access to just services. Children affected by HIV and poverty are the most negatively affected, and in order to cope, they often turn to high risk strategies such as dropping out of school or living on the streets.

In this climate, the Rainbow Centre provides a safe and welcoming space. All community members are invited to partake in our programs and use our resources as we strive to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans, and other vulnerable children in the Chinsapo area.


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