As we continue to minister to the needs of the whole person- spirit, soul and body, we are encouraged that God continues to provide for the needs of the people, such as the children who we feed though our feeding program. This report also highlights how God is using FVM to assist and even take leadership in addressing solutions to some difficult issues that continue to plague Malawi.
Some highlights of the last month:
- With the start of school, FVM is ready once again to commence the preschool and feeding program. This program, for children ages 3 to 8 years, provides them with nutritious food plus basic education. FVM has been holding meetings with volunteers and community members to ensure that this program has the community support it needs to run.
- FVM used the event of DAOC as an opportunity to hold a sports tournament(picture below left). About 4,000 people were entertained by netball and football matches between Sunuzi and Sakalawe Primary Schools. As the sports were in progress, the messages of child protection and plight of people with albinism were being spread through a public address system.
- Justin Chimpeni (pictured below right), one of the education fund beneficiaries, graduated with Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health. His is one of the success stories of the FVM’s support for development through educational assistance.
- Weekly Bible Study has been going on very well and the community members have been conducting the activities. FVM staff monitor and fellowship with them as well.
The Day of African Child Commemoration Ceremony at a national level took place in Mwanza District at the end of July. After the national event, the replica of the same happened in all the 28 districts. In Zomba District, where FVM carries out its activities, the event took place in the Taulo area, the catchment area of FVM (picture above: top). FVM was appointed the chair of the event by all the stakeholders (more than 40 organisations). The main theme was: PROTECTING CHILDREN’S RIGHTS IN CONFLICTS AND CRISIS IN MALAWI. The three key messages in this theme were: Stop abducting and killing people with albinism; Protect children from hunger; and Protect children against sexual abuses.
On this day, several activities (such as sports, a solidarity match, traditional dances, singing, poems and speeches) took place to bring awareness to the people about the need of protecting the vulnerable groups of people such as the children and people with albinism. In Malawi, children are often caught up in criminal activities. This is due to, among other reasons, lack of parental guidance (parents have little to do with the day-to-day endeavours of their children) and high school dropouts. As well, the young ones are not engaged in useful activities within their villages to keep them busy.
Charles Sande, one of the teaching volunteers passed on on August 13th, 2016. This is a very big blow to our preschool teacher, Ellena, as she has currently no fellow volunteer. It is hoped that the community will identify someone to take the place of Charles. FVM gives their condolences with the family of late Charles.
- A volunteer to help Ellena with the preschool program.
- Continue to pray for the plight of people with albinism
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