Sustainable Farming

 

These individuals from the Kanyenyeva area recently attended a week long training at E3 Worldwide. The purpose of the training was to help them learn about sustainable farming techniques. “Every year almost all rural households which make up 85% of the nation have to grow the bulk their own food during the 3-4 months rain season. The process of crop production is the foremost poverty trap in that it is costly in more ways than just financial for poor households.” (e3worldwide.org/food-security/)

“E3 Worldwide is working to help reduce the cost of growing food by exploring much cheaper substitutes for chemical fertilizers, offering training for alternative methods of agriculture such as permaculture to attain maximum yield per acreage that also nurtures the ecosystem to retain fertility naturally, introducing irrigation agriculture to beat seasonality, and encouraging the cultivation of ‘cash crops’ to generate income.” (e3worldwide.org/food-security/)

While at the E3 Worldwide training they also learned about eating a healthy and more sustainable diet which will decrease their dependency on maize (which is not native to Malawi) and increase their consumption of native fruits and vegetables.

The people that attended the training will share their new knowledge with others in their community. They said that they were very excited and thankful for that week long course and are very eager to use what they have learned. They reported that the training is eye opening and life changing.

The past few years the harvest in Malawi has decreased due to flooding and mistimed rains. With the training which they received, they should become less dependent on the rains and be able to grow crops year round which will increase their food security.

We pray that what they learned during this week long training will continue to be shared in their community and beyond while it provides ways for them to have year round food security.

Blankets for Life

We are raising money to purchase blankets for orphans and other vulnerable children in Malawi. You can help us get $10,000 by voting for our cause at KIND Foundation. Ten thousand dollars will purchase over 700 blankets. PLEASE vote for our cause at https://www.kindsnacks.com/foundation/causes/cause/blankets-for-life/ This is such an easy way to help kids be safer and healthier. PLEASE VOTE!!!!!

To vote you commit to do a kind act. Then you can increase the number of your votes by sharing via email, twitter, and facebook for a total of three additional votes. We need all the votes that we can get by the last day of July.

Blankets in rural Malawi are a luxury. Malawi is one of the world’s most underprivileged countries. About 85% of the population of Malawi lives in rural areas and depends on subsistence farming. These families focus on basic necessities for their survival. A blanket is not considered a basic necessity. When these families take in orphans and other vulnerable children they share what little they have with even more people. In the colder months of May – August it is not uncommon for families to have fires inside their huts to keep warm. These inside fires are unhealthy and it is not uncommon for children to burn themselves because they slept close to the fire or for the hut to catch on fire. During the colder months school attendance drops by 25% due to preventable illnesses from the cold.

Please help more children attend school. When they have a blanket the children will be more rested, healthier, and better able to learn. As they grow into their future years, the children will be in a better position to make a positive impact in their communities. In their culture they will ‘pay it forward’ and provide for others in their community.

 

PLEASE vote for our cause at https://www.kindsnacks.com/foundation/causes/cause/blankets-for-life/ This is such an easy way to help kids be safer and healthier. PLEASE VOTE!!!!!

Please note that KIND Foundation has been having difficulty with their method of voting through Facebook. If you cannot vote through Facebook please vote through an email address.

Hoops that H.E.L.P.


Hoops that H.E.L.P.

Hoops that H.E.L.P. is a Free Throw Shooting Fundraiser Challenge that will be on Sunday, August 20th, at the Ranger Gyms (Time TBA) in Crosby, MN.

HELP—to improve shooting ability and development as a basketball player
HELP—to develop skills to potentially win close basketball games in the future
HELP—to provide life-changing high school education for those in desperate need in world today
HELP— to become a better basketball player, teammate, and citizen in our community and world

Here’s how you can HELP:
• Sponsor a player/shooter
• Bring Food Shelf item(s) the day of the event

Money raised will support C-I Basketball and the children of the Malawi Orphan Care Project (MOCP). With many household incomes at about a dollar a day, families simply cannot afford to send their children to school after 8th grade at the cost of $150 a year. (The government pays through 8th grade).

Will you HELP?
H– Helping
E—Everyone
L—Live
P—Productive Lives

Thanks in advance for your HELP!!!

Retreat for High School Aged Orphans

These are some of the teenagers who will be going on a one day retreat in June, 2017. The retreat will focus on how to have healthy, Christian relationships with friends, future spouses, and family. There will be four days where twenty-five different students attend each day long retreat at Lake Malawi for a total of 100 teenagers attending.

 

These teenagers live about 40 kilometers from Lake Malawi and have never been there. This will be an amazing time in a beautiful area in their country where they will learn about faith and daily life, self-image, setting goals, overcoming obstacles, dating and choosing a life partner, and more. These sessions are based on My Zoe Journal written by Pastor Amy and sold through Sola Publishing.

 

 

 

 

The team includes Pastor Andy, Susan, Pastor Amy, Anna, Gary and Lorie from First English Lutheran Church, Mansfield, Ohio and Trinity Lutheran, Monroeville, Ohio. Shadreck and Yami Chikoti from Malawi will also lead some of the sessions.

 

Please pray for the presenters that they share what God intends and that the students learn what God has for them to learn.