This reports highlights some activities which have taken place in the month of June, 2016. These activities include: preschool and feeding programme, Bible Study and Gospel Outreaches, Radio broadcasts, training in tailoring, attendance of Day of African Child at a national level, eye screening exercise.
Women Empowerment: New Sewing Machines
A two day training workshop in tailoring was held with 25 participants of which 80% (20) were women. The three new sewing machines which were acquired few weeks ago were handed over to the community members making a total of 6 at the centre. “Ife poyamba timayesa kuti ndi masewera koma pano tikuthokoza kwambiri a FVM chifukwa tayamba kudziwa kusoka ndipo tithandizika kupanga malonda a zovala (initially, we thought it was just a joke but now we are thankful so much to FVM because we are acquiring the tailoring skill and this will help us do business with the fabric),” said Mrs. Chimera, one of the trainees.
After teaching and feeding the (about) 700 children for the whole year, it’s time to have an annual break from July to September. Only feeding programme will still be going on with playing activities at most twice in a week. The actual graduation and details of the children will be updated after the event in the next two weeks.
- Weekly Bible Study is going on well. The local pastors and FVM staff facilitate the studies.
- There was Gospel Outreach at Namboya Village within GHV Taulo. About 106 people attended and close to 28% of them indicated coming to the LORD for the first time. Mary Gwaligwali and Pastors Sam Banda and Harold Mateyu led the programme.
- Weekly Radio Broadcasts of the Gospel in local languages of ChiTumbuka and Chichewa continue very well with encouraging testimonies. “Ndikuyimba foniyi kuyamikira kwambiri chifukwa cha uthenga umene mukulalikira pa pologalamu ya Chitumbuka ya Walani (I am calling to thank you so much for the message you preach on a Tumbuka programma of Shine),” says Henry Nyirenda from Madise, Dowa.
TWR is a well-known Christian radio station that touches the lives of many people worldwide. It is celebrating 30 years of ministry and 15 years of broadcasting in Malawi. FVM is one of its partners as it is this radio station that FVM uses three times in a weak to spread the good news in local languages of Tumbuka and Chichewa. The regional function will take place in Zomba City on 30 July, 2016. FVM is part of the organising team of the event.
Chartless Malula graduates
Chartless was the first community health worker to work closely with FVM way back in 2010. In 2012 Chartless enrolled for further studies to do nursing and midwifery at St. Luke’s Nursing College. Being a committed and kind health worker, he easily got along with Peter and Susan McPhedran who funded his initial tuition fees. Now he has graduated with diploma in Nursing and Midwifery. He has committed to serve the people of Taulo for a while on voluntary basis as he waits for the government appointment and deployment.
Eye Scree Exercise
There was quite a successful eye screening exercise in Taulo community. Five eye specialists from Zomba Government Hospital conducted the activity with the community based help of the volunteers who were trained four years ago in eye care. The following is a simple statistics of how the activity was done:
- 94 people had their eyes screened
- 2 people need review after 3 months
- 12 need surgery & treatment
- 17 people received free eye glasses from Malawi Government Ministry of Health through Lions Norway
- 67 people were given medicine
- Eye surgery (July, 2016)
- District Child and Albinos Protection Awareness in Taulo