End of Year Malawi Report
As expected, the month of December was full of rap up activities for the 2014 Financial Year. The major activities included completion of school block building at Nandolo, eye care activities, soybean seed distribution, Bible Study, women empowerment (tailoring) activities, and Christmas parties.
2.0 Completion of School Block Construction at Nandolo
School block construction is completed though glasses are yet to be fixed. The glass fixing work has been delayed because the supplier had run out of stock and supplied late. The work will be done in January, 2015.
This can be termed as the highlight of the year. Women involved have been so excited in using sewing machines to make clothes. George and Yona have been of great help in giving instructions. More than 24 trainees (80% are women) meet one every week. The additional sewing machine from McPhedrans has been of great help.
Amazingly, more than 150 people had their eyes screened. 22 were referred to Zomba Central Hospital for further treatment. 11 were treated as outpatients while 11 underwent successful cataract surgery. 12 did not turn up for further treatment. This is a great improvement compared to previous years when most people could not attend to eye care programmes as they traditionally believed only traditional medicine could heal them. “Ndasangalala kwambiri kuti ndidya Khisimi iyi ndikuwona bwinobwino patatha zaka zitatu sindikuwona bwinobwino (I ma happy that I will celebrate this year’s Christmas with better sight after three years of being almost blind),” appreciated Salter Kamowa after cataract surgery.
The community members are to participate in the feeding of their children by planting soybeans and in return to give back to their nursery school double as much. 300 households have been given 5kg each of the seeds and will give back at least 10kg each, making a total output of 3000kg which will later be fed to their children at the nursery school as part of feeding programme. The success of such of such initiative will have greater positive impact on community ownership hence sustainability of feeding programme.
Pastor Justin Falinya continued teaching the new convents about growing in faith. The number of believers is increasing each passing day. Praise the LORD. Weekly Radio Evangelism in Chichewa and ChiTumbuka is aired and positive feedback is being received. “Bwanji muzilalikira katatu pa sabata (why don’t you preach at least three times in a week on the radio)?” One listener, Limbikani, pleaded from Lilongwe
7. 0 Christmas parties
In appreciating the community participation in social and community development of their communities, FVM provided about USD200 to both Taulo and Nandolo communities in order for them to celebrate the Christmas together. This was a very important guesture in a continued partnership in development. The parties took place on the Christmas Eve, 24 December, 2014. A native pastor, Khonyongwa, preached on this party at Taulo.
The FVM Taulo maize garden is being planted and first fertilizer is applied. Volunteers have been working hard to have their garden made useful for producing corn for their own use at the centre.
What an exciting and eventful month December 2014 was. The main strength has been the involvement of the communities throughout the year in every activity in the community. The people have been participating from the planning stage to the implementation stage. The villagers thanked FVM for bringing them together to celebrate Christmas as one community.