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Shoe Drive 2017

If you live in the Mansfield, Ohio area please donate your gently used or new shoes during our shoe drive. We are collecting shoes, sandals, boots, athletic shoes….any footwear. We cannot accept one shoe, it must be a pair which is not worn out.

The shoes will be sold to small business entrepreneurs in third world countries. The money from the sale of the shoes will then be used to purchase food, school supplies, and blankets for orphans in Malawi.

Why purchase food?
-The physical growth of at least 50% of the children in Malawi under the age of 5 has been stunted because of chronic malnutrition. It is estimated that 55% to 74% of its population live in extreme poverty. Many families will take in several orphans so the strain on their household is great in this extremely poor country. Therefore, it is very helpful for the caregivers to have the orphans fed at the orphan project.

Why provide school supplies?
-School supplies are not provided by the school so the student must bring their own. In this extremely poor country, most students cannot afford any school supplies.

Why provide blankets?
-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 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.

Bring your shoes to any of the collection locations during their regular business hours before October 22, unless otherwise indicated.

Bellville Post Office, 105 Bell St, Bellville (through Oct 31)
Butler Post Office, 14 W Elm St, Butler (through Oct 31)
Crowes Shoes, 56 N. Main Street, Mansfield
Elmcroft of Ontario, 2010 Walker Lake Road, 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
Richland Newhope Industries, 150 E 4th St, Mansfield                                                                                             St. Paul Lutheran Church, 48 Church St, Bellville
Stoodt’s Market, 184 Main St, Bellville (through Oct 31)
Wedgewood Estates, 600 S. Trimble Road, Mansfield
Winchester Terrace, 70 Winchester Rd, Mansfield

Manna for Malawi 2017

 

Manna for Malawi will be held on Sunday, June 25 from 4 – 8 pm. at the Woodtick Inn in Cuyna, MN.

The Lamant Cranston Band will perform again this year at this annual music and food benefit.

Other featured artists will include Gravel Roads, Christian country band based in Anoka.  Italian food prepared by Maucieri’s in Crosslake will be served. A freewill offering will be taken. Last year’s event brought in more than $25,000. All proceeds from the music fundraiser go directly to the MOCP feeding program.

Kanyenyeva Ministry Executive Director Shadrek Chikoti says “again, there will be hunger in most parts of Malawi this year. The price of maize continues to skyrocket in the coming months. More mouths to feed and less to feed them with. We are truly blessed by MOCP.”

Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby, MN sponsors this event which raises money for the feeding program.

 

4th Annual Liwiro la Malawi

The fourth annual Liwiro la Malawi is on Saturday, April 1 in downtown Mansfield, Ohio.

Join us for a family friendly 5K Run/Walk in downtown Mansfield, Ohio. Awards are presented to the top 2 male and female runners and to the top two male and female participants in each age category. The age categories are 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over.

All of the awards come from Malawi! The necklaces and lanyards for the age award medals are made by widows and caretakers at the orphan project who started a business to make bracelets and expanded to include necklaces and lanyards. The medals are made by an artisan who lives near the orphan project.

 

 

 

 

The money raised from this 5K Run/Walk will help to improve the lives of orphans at the Kanyenyeva Orphan Care Ministry in Malawi, Africa.

Malawi is an extremely poor country of 15 million people. There are at least 1 million orphans in Malawi due primarily to HIV/AIDS and malaria. The physical growth of at least 50% of the children under the age of 5 has been stunted because of chronic malnutrition. It is estimated that 55% to 74% of its population live in extreme poverty. This is why Liwiro la Malawi (We run for Malawi).

 

For more information about this 5k go to http://ohioraceday.com/races/malawi-5k/

If you don’t live in Ohio and would like to support this 5k, you can donate through http://ohioraceday.com/races/malawi-5k/

 

Christmas Celebration 2016

Zikomo kwambiri to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby, MN!!!!!

The orphans were able to celebrate Christmas with a Bible teaching and a special meal.

Thank you so much to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby, MN for sponsoring the Christmas meal for the orphan project again in 2016!!! Over 800 children and adults were fed beef, rice, and cabbage for this special meal.

Mr. Harold Chiudza, the Kanyenyeva Ministries board treasurer, taught the children the Christmas Story, Jesus is Born!

The high school students helped to serve the meal, then had a chance to eat, too.

The children were given special treats.

They were able to take some food home, too!

To see more pictures of this special Christmas celebration, please click here.

Thank you again Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby, MN. The community of Kanyenyeva truly appreciates your generosity!!