In Malawi, Help a Child and its partners are supporting communities to set up Community Based Childcare centers (CBCCs), so that children have access to Early Childhood development services from a young age.

Providing children with the opportunity to learn from an early age is vital for their empowerment. However, achieving this requires the involvement of the entire family and village. Hence the CBCCs promote parenting skills, raise awareness and improve the knowledge of the parents and community as whole. 

Furthermore, to improve the quality of the CBCCs, training is provided to caregivers and parent management committees. We also support these centers with infrastructure improvements and learning materials.

The program emphasizes all the elements of a child’s development including early learning, health, nutrition, social development and psychosocial wellbeing. In some areas we also provide seeds for the centers’ gardens to improve the nutrition of the children in the centers. And as early childcare starts with the proper care for mother and child during pregnancy, the program promotes safe pregnancies and provides access to quality pre and antenatal care.

As a result of this intervention we expect to equip parents to provide adequate care and protection for their children. Moreover, through the CBCCs, the communities themselves will be empowered to provide quality child development services.

Parents are the most essential key players in improving the wellbeing of children. In our project areas parents face a lot of challenges. This is why Help a Child developed The Parenting Challenge, a method to improve the knowledge, attitude and skills of parents. In 2017 a pilot was conducted in two of our project areas (Edingeni and Zilakoma) as well as in Arua, Uganda. Download the leaflet and Research Report 2018 below.


ECD Track Record

ECD Program 2016-2020

'The Parenting Challenge' (leaflet)

'The Parenting Challenge' (Research Report 2018) 

LISAP Project 2011-2015 Final Report


The story of Lesayi 

“The way the children were just staying and walking around in the village
motivated me to help the children from wasting their time.”


I have seven children. My husband passed away. Since 2015, I have been working as a caregiver. I was chosen by the people to be involved in this work when LISAP had just established a Community Based Childcare Center. The way the children were just staying and walking around in the village motivated me to help the children from wasting their time. What I like most is when I am playing games with them like football and I can see the smile on their faces. Playing games makes them grow strong. Because of the CBCC, children start being educated at a very tender age. They speak English and they are clever compared to the ones who don’t attend the ECD centre. I am proud of the building we have and also the positive change I see in the children who are attending our classes. We are finding it hard to involve other parents in the CBCC activities, but by involving community leaders and other leaders from the community we will find the way forward.

The story of Gollie

“Since the parenting course I am able to prepare nutritious meals;
my children grow healthy and strong now.”

Gollie is a married mother of two daugthers, living in William Ngwenya village, Mzimba. The family derives their livelihood from farming. Despite the fact that the family produces enough food each year, their children didn’t grow up healthy and suffered from malnutrition related disorders.

When Help a Child rolled out a parenting challenge program with the objective of supporting parents and guardians, Gollie joined one of the parenting clubs. The session she enjoyed most was ‘Feeding our children’, where she learnt a lot on how to prepare a nutritious diet covering all six food groups. Only three months later her daughter’s nutritional status improved. Gollie: “Since I started attending parenting sessions; I am able to prepare nutritious meals for my children which is enabling my children to grow healthy and strong.”