Malawi is a land-locked nation situated in Southern Africa and is sandwiched between Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. It is very small, but has a reputation for being ‘the warm heart of Africa’. The Great Rift Valley runs roughly north to south and contains Lake Malawi, Africa's third largest lake, which occupies a vast part of the country’s land area. It was once claimed by the British Empire and the colony was called Nyasaland.
The national language is Chichewa, but there are numerous dialects in the Malawi’s naturally tribal make-up. The capital is Lilongwe, which is one of three important cities in the country. The others are Blantyre in the south and Mzuzu in the north, which is where we are doing our project. The north is particularly poor, as there are many migrations to towns in the south which also has more political clout.
The Malawians have extensive ties with Scotland in particular, which is shown by the town of Livingstonia that pays homage to the Scottish explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone who helped develop it in the 19th century.
There are many natural beauties in Malawi, which remain largely unspoiled by tourism.