Ever wonder how some of the kids get to and from school? This photo (above) demonstrates the dedication of the Malawian people as this woman transports 3 children home on her bicycle!
So what's happening in Malawi and does your financial partnership make a difference? FVM is currently working with 21 villages in the Taulo area of Southern Malawi and several more in Nandolo even further south near the Mozambique border. Hundreds of children are fed and cared for daily in our two nursery schools and their families are strengthened through vocational training and literacy programmes for women, agricultural initiatives, financial assistance for education, eyecare including cataract surgery and pastoral care.
- FVM has employed Mphatso Barnet in the position of Finance and Administration Officer effective February 1st, 2017. This past month he was taken on a tour of FVM facilities and programs to familiarize himself with the work.
- Enala Kamanga, who trained the preschool volunteers last December, visited Taulo Nursery School to encourage the volunteers in their work. Eight volunteers have been trained in child development and preschool activities. These volunteers work closely together to provide all necessary support to the development of the children.
- Sandra Claudia Leite from Switzerland (a friend to Bettina who visited FVM Malawi four years ago) had the opportunity to interact with the children as part of her vacation. She enjoyed the preschool lessons and the feeding activities.
- Discussions have been started with the District Health Officer (DHO) on possible health interventions in the area. FVM has been included in the area of HIV/AIDS on a sub-committee of the health network at the Zomba District level.
- Though there have been erratic rains, there is hope that people from the Southern part of Malawi will harvest. In Lilongwe and Zomba, however, there have been floods. These affected places need special attention in the areas of food, medicine, sanitation facilities and housing.
Top Left: Preschool classes in session at Taulo
Top Right: Visitors Sandra and Enala playing with the children.
Bottom Left: Maize field for children's feeding program.
Bottom Right: Mphatso chatting with children while on tour of FVM programs.
- Continue to pray for good rains as the success of the Seed Multiplication Project depends on good growing conditions.
- FVM plans to begin construction of the Nandolo bridge as soon as the end of the rainy season permits in May or June.
Newton Sunday Sindo