Zambesi Mission









  ZM is over 100 years old, but still mainly working in one country

Since its Launch in 1892, ZM has concentrated its efforts in the small southern African country of Malawi, formerly the British Protectorate of Nyasaland. In recent years it has also been supporting the Zambesi Evangelical Churches in the Chichewa speaking areas of Mozambique, neighbouring Malawi to the east, west and south.



45,747 sq.miles (a little smaller than England)


15.3 million (UN, 2009)

~ 0-14 years    44%
~ 15-64 years  53%
~ 65+ years     3%





Head of State:

President Joyce Banda

Main Languages:

Chichewa, English

Bordering countries:

Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia


Malawi is completely landlocked although Lake Malawi covers about 20% of the country. It is the third largest lake in Africa and the eleventh in the world.

Life expectancy:

Men 52 years; Women 54 years

Literacy rate:

Men 73 %; Women 43%


Predominately agricultural with nearly 90% of the people still living in the rural areas and engaged in subsistence farming. Most homes have no access to power, running water or sewage facilities. Very dependent on tobacco, tea, sugar and coffee.

55% of the population live below the poverty line.

Average income is well under 80 per person annually.


Roman Catholic 20%             
Muslim 20%
Traditional 5%
Evangelical Christian 15%
Other Protestant 40%


Other facts:
(All very approximate figures - per 1000 people)

Televisions: 3

Radios: 500

Internet access: 2.5  

Landline telephones:cell phones are increasingly popular and are making contact with the rural areas much easier)

Zambesi Mission is a registered charity in England & Wales (1165004) and in Scotland ( SCO46748)