Look at the smiles on these children! Children are very important to God and to FVM. Due to high levels of poverty and adverse climate change, most Malawian households cannot afford two meals a day. Thus, malnutrition is at a high level in most rural areas of Malawi. Children of 2-6 years of age are most disadvantaged as they cannot concentrate on their education if their stomachs are hungry. FVM provides nutritious food (Likuni Phala- fortified soybeans and corn) five days a week to children through the Preschool Feeding Program. This program not only provides a basic need for over 500 children, the other benefits include increased attention of children in school, reduced school dropout rates, and an improved status of nutrition in children, thus reducing deficiencies and child deaths.
To feed one child, it costs MK25 (0.05 USD) per day; MK550 ($1.10 USD) in a month, and MK6,610 ($13.22 USD) per year. Your continued contribution will lengthen the lives of these precious children, especially those who are HIV+ and orphans.
- The number of caregiver volunteers has reached 13 from 6 last year. This has eased work for the six volunteers who have been there for seven years now. All these provide support towards developing children physically, mentally, socially, linguistically, cognitively and spiritually.
- There are good signs that there will be a considerable good yield from crops this year especially because of the rain pattern of late. Please pray that the much needed rains will continue.
- Weekly community based Bible study was conducted. Newton and some community-based Christian leaders continue to lead the Bible lessons.
- FVM has become a member of Health Technical Working Group. We will operate as a sub-committee of the health network at district level, specializing in the areas of eye care and HIV/AIDS. This insures that we have a vote in health district implementation plan (DIP).
- FVM is about to construct a 6 meter long and 2.8 meter deep bridge at Nandolo in Mulanje. Initial agreement has been reached with Lujeri Tea Estate that the company will provide transportation for sand, stones, cement and other building materials within the area.
- Signing of MoU with District Health Officer (DHO) on health interventions in the area.
- Student Christian Organisation of Malawi (SCOM) Conferences from 7th to 10th April, 2017
- Good rains
- Continued Discussions with Lujeri Tea Estate
- SCOM Conferences.
Newton Sunday Sindo