(CP-Africa) – CNN has a really inspiring video on how grandmothers are caring for AIDS orphans in Malawi. Often the AIDS scourge takes the lives of both parents in Malawi and many African countries, leaving orphans to grandmothers to take care of. Despite their limited means, these grandmothers care for their grandchildren in whatever way they can.
However, over the years, orphanages have sprung up throughout Malawi and many children often indicate that they would rather stay in the orphanages than with their grandmother because they are given more food. But these orphanages have their disadvantages. Often, enough care is not given to the children and many orphanages use them as profit making ventures (through donations from organizations such as the UN) and not necessarily for the benefit of the children.
However, a new innovative program has just begin that gives cash directly to grandmothers to care for their grandchildren. Once a month, grandmothers get a small stipend that goes a long way in helping them provide for their grandchildren. It started as a pilot program in just one district but given its success it will soon be rolled out to all of Malawi.
Check out the inspiring CNN video below!