Thank you Lebanon Lutheran School!!!!

First Quarter Offering to benefit the feeding program at the orphan project!!!

A huge thank you to the students at Lebanon Lutheran School in Lebanon, Wisconsin. The have collected $1,159 from their offering from their weekly chapel service and have chosen to donate it to Malawi Orphan Care Project to provide food and general support for the children at the orphan project.

Malawi is entering their ‘hungry season’. The ‘hungry season’ is a time when the food from the last harvest is gone and the next harvest is still months away (in April, 2017). During the coming months the orphan project will be increasing the number of days that they feed the children to six (from four) and the number of children fed will increase, too. Currently they regularly feed over 600 children. They plan to feed over 800 children and possibly many more than that!!

Thank you Lebanon Lutheran School!!!!

Annual Shoe Drive

dscn6966Malawi Orphan Care Project is hosting its annual shoe drive.

From October 23 to November 6 we will be collecting new and gently used footwear in the Mansfield, Ohio area. The money raised from the footwear donated will be used for the feeding program. Every 5 pairs of shoes donated will feed 4 children one meal.

If you are interested in hosting a shoe drive to help with the feeding program contact us at info@malawiorphancareproject.org and we’ll help get a shoe drive organized in your area.

There are already collection boxes in Butler & Bellville Post Offices and Stoodts Market through October.

Other collection boxes will be at the following locations from October 23 – November 6:

Crowes Shoes 56 N. Main Street, Mansfield
First English Lutheran Church 53 Park Ave. West, Mansfield
Lexington Church of the Cross 236 Otterbein Drive, Lexington
Lexington Child Development Center 236 Otterbein Drive, Lexington
Mansfield High School 124 N Linden Rd, Mansfield
St. Mary’s Catholic School 1630 Ashland Road, Mansfield, OH.
Northmor High School in the band room 7819 State Route 19, Galion
St. Paul Lutheran Church 48 Church St, Bellville
Winchester Terrace 70 Winchester Rd, Mansfield
Wedgewood Estates 600 Trimble Road, Mansfield
Elmcroft of Ontario 2010 Walker Lake Rd., Ontario

Education is Life Changing

DSCN0215Education can change a life!! In Malawi finishing high school means that the graduate can secure employment to help their family. Unfortunately, only 13% of secondary school aged children actually attend secondary school, according to UNICEF’s Malawi Annual Report.

DSCN0218Education is very important to the leadership of Kanyenyeva Orphan Care Project. If they know that a student has not attended school for a few days they will go to that student’s home to find out why and what they can do to alleviate the problem. They know the importance of education. They know that education will not only help the children in their community find jobs but that an educated Malawian can help change their nation. P1060013

 

 

 

 

 

There are many obstacles to receiving an education in Malawi. One obstacle is money. The students are expected to bring their own supplies to use at school. Most students cannot afford pens, pencils, or paper.

High school is not free and most students cannot afford to pay tuition. These obstacles can be overcome. We can partner with these students. They know the importance of an education and will work hard to do their best.

Please consider donating to help with the educational fees for Malawian children. You can HELP THEM ACHIEVE THEIR VISION by donating to Malawi Orphan Care Project and designate your donation for education.

DSC_3661Your donations will be used for:

-School supplies for one student for a year: $25
-School uniform for one student: $30
-Tuition for a local high school student for a year: $150
-Tuition for boarding school for an orphaned or vulnerable girl: $1,500

Any size donation will help!

Click here to donate or send your tax deductible donation to:
Malawi Orphan Care Project
53 Park Ave. West
Mansfield, Ohio 44902

Food Scarcity in Malawi

eggThis is a typical meal in Malawi. The largest part of the meal is nsima which is made with corn meal and water. It has no nutritional value but it does help a person feel full. In a typical year there is enough food to last through most of the year and into the next growing season. The end of the growing season is called the hungry season because their food from the last harvest does not last until the next harvest.

This past growing season (2015 – 16) the hungry season started early. It started at the beginning of the growing season, around November, because in the 2014- 15 growing season the country of Malawi’s harvest was decreased by 35% due to lack of rains in some areas and floods in other areas.

The coming hungry season is anticipated to start even earlier. They expect the hungry season to start before the growing season starts. The latest harvest was 15% less than the previously smaller harvest.

DSC_0211This is a grim reality for millions of people in Malawi and elsewhere in Africa. From the beginning of the last growing season, around November, 2015, the orphan project doubled the number of children it feeds to around 800 children.

There is going to be a huge need for more food for the people of Malawi starting in the fall of 2016. Please consider donating now so we can be prepared when the hungry season starts. Please help keep the people of Malawi alive.

For more information read this article in the Guardian.com.