Malawi is known as the Warm Heart of Africa for being such a peaceful and friendly nation. Many Malawians rely on agriculture and times can be hard, especially following droughts or floods. Illnesses are a constant threat due to poor sanitation and not having access to adequate health care. Malawi is a landlocked country where Lake Malawi is one of the beautiful landmarks of the country. Lake Malawi, also one of the Calendar Lakes, it is 365 miles long and 52 miles wide. It is the 3rd largest fresh water lake in Africa and 11th in the World. Lake Malawi holds more fish species than any other lake on earth. Sugar, cotton, tea, tobacco and maize are the main commodities produced in Malawi but the country as a whole remains generally an import driven economy which makes business difficult for the average person. English is the official language of the country along with Chichewa as the national language and most widely spoken tongue of Malawi. Malawi has a sub-tropical climate where the rainy season starts from the month of November and stretches till April. The dry spells starts from May and ends in early November.
Malawi is as of 2015 the poorest nation in the world, and has one of the highest HIV rates in the world. There are approximately 16 million people & 1.5 million orphaned and vulnerable children. Malawi has high infant mortality and maternal death rates, and 75% of the population survives on less than $1.25/day.