Home of Hope

Home of Hope is a children's home in Mchinji, Malawi, providing shelter, food, medical care and love to over 750 children. Home of Hope also provides education in Nursery through Secondary classes and Vocational Training College.

The Home

Home of Hope is a private children's home founded by Reverend Chipeta (Agogo - Chichewa for Grandparent) in 1992. Himself an orphan at 14, he founded Home of Hope after he and his wife took in grandchildren following the death of their parents. Since then he has sought to provide growing numbers of orphans and other vulnerable children with the opportunity to live an independent life to the full.

His daughter Lucy is now the Executive Director of Home of Hope assisted by a dedicated leadership team.

Home of Hope consists of 5 main sectors: the Village, the School, the Farm, the Clinic and the Vocational Centre. Together they enable the Home to best meet the needs of those they care for.



The Village lies at the heart of Home of Hope, accommodating both children, staff and teaching staff. The younger children are raised in small household dormitories by a devoted House Mother/care giver. This House Mother is their primary caregiver, providing daily nutrition, care and love. Once they reach adolescence, the children move into more independent dormitories to be given more responsibility. There is a water tank fed by a maintained stream to provide clean water for the whole of the Village and a guest house for visiting volunteers.

The Village is a hub of activity, where children get involved in the day to day chores and play. Children can be found playing football, netball, building dens and colouring in under the shade of the trees.

HousemothersHouse Mothers



Education is provided from Nursery to Secondary level. Over 750 children gain an education through the Home of Hope. This includes children living at the Home and, through the Outreach Program, children from surrounding villages whose families may otherwise not be able to afford secondary school fees.

The Nursery and Preschool students attend classes each morning, playing, singing and beginning to learn English through songs and games.

The Primary and Secondary schools follow the Malawi Education Curriculum, studying subjects such as Chichewa, English, Life skills and History. At the end of Forms 2 and 4, all students sit national examinations, which can lead them to further study at College or University. The education that the Home provides prepares the children to live independently once the Form 4 examinations have been passed.

The Primary and Secondary Schools have now both gained Government support, with the Government providing staff. The HOH must provide accomodation for the teachers and their family.




Home of Hope has three areas of farmland which provide for the children and staff: a garden immediately outside the walls of Home of Hope and two separate larger farms. The garden includes several fish ponds and each grow a variety of crops, including maize, beans, bananas and mango. Chickens and goats are kept for meat, and two recently acquired milking cows provide milk to have each morning.

A mill inside the Village enables the production of maize flour, and has created local employment and a source of income through renting it to local villages to to grind their maize in to flour.

Farm RoadFarm Road


Providing medical care

The Home of Hope village also has a clinic which treats both children at the Home of Hope and patients from surrounding villages. They provide medical check ups, malaria treatment as well as monitoring and giving medication to children with HIV/AIDS. The clinic also runs an outreach programme providing baby milk formula to new mothers.

ClinicDorcas - Nurse at the clinic Clinic Clinic

Equipping young Malawians

2023 saw the development at the Home of a Vocational Centre in order to further prepare and equip the children for an independent life through gaining the required skills for employment. The Centre is approved by the Malawian Ministry of Labour and offers four courses: Metal Fabricator, Bricklaying, Carpentry and Tailoring & Design. All students are Home of Hope graduates meaning they can leave Home of Hope with independence and the ability to gain employment.

For more information about Home of Hope, please see www.homeofhopechildrenshomemw.org/

For regular updates on happenings at Home of Hope, follow Home of Hope on facebook:

Vocational Training Centre

Images of Hope

Images of Hope Initiative from Old Soul Films on Vimeo.

The South African organisation Old Soul Films have begun an initiative called `Images of Hope' to give the children of the Home of Hope in Malawi a new opportunity to share their stories and show the rest of the world what they are all about. Watch the video to find out more.