There are over 1 million orphans in Malawi, many as a direct result of HIV. These children are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, abuse, dropping out of school and lack of basic care. The Malawi Orphan care project trains church volunteers to visit orphans in their home to provide practical, emotional and spiritual support to orphans and their guardians and act as advocates for the children where necessary. Other volunteers are trained in Early Childhood Development and operate an under-5’s day care centre to provide a basic preschool education, a daily nutritious meal, a dose of love and some much needed respite for the guardians so they can work their gardens or earn an income. An associated secondary school scholarship program also enables especially vulnerable students to complete their secondary education. The program operates in 5 locations with more than 100 volunteers visiting 200 families, over 440 preschoolers attending the day care centres and 125 sponsored secondary school students.