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Skills Center

 

The latest project at the Kanyenyeva Orphan Care Ministries location is a new Skill Center Building. The Skills Center currently houses the Days for Girls (DfG) Enterprise, which is a registered DfG business called Kanyenyeva Wala (Kanyenyeva Shines). Thanks to a grant from Westwood Community Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, along with many individual and corporate donors, the new Skills Center has an office, storage room and approximately 1200 square feet of open-air, covered space as a multipurpose area for the women to sew, students to read, or children to use as shelter and shade from the weather.

The DfG Enterprise, Kanyenyeva Wala is now up and running, using the secure storage room to house their sewing machines, materials and worktables, and using the open space for sewing production. We have learned that Kanyenyeva Wala is the only DfG Enterprise in Malawi that has its own building!

The new structure was also upgraded with a fresh coat of paint that was donated by the Kanyenyeva Ministries Board of Directors. The Skills Center now makes the third structure at the orphan care ministry to go along with the outdoor kitchen and meeting hall.

Now that the building is functional, we are raising funds to complete Phase 3. With the additional funds, the existing community water well will have an electric pump added, a tower and water tank will be built, and plumbing and septic system will be installed for the Skills Center room designated as a bathroom. Solar power will be added to operate the well pump and provide lighting for the building. The availability of solar power at the Skills Center will also allow caregivers to charge their cell phones without having to walk to the market and pay for a charge.

Phase 3 for the Skills Center power and plumbing installation already has $2,500 received toward a goal of $10,000. Donations made for this project can be sent to the MOCP address or through PayPal accessed here. Please indicate “Skills Center” with your donation.

We thank God for everyone who has donated to make this Skills Center a reality. Please prayerfully consider donating to complete the work on the Skills Center.

15 Years at Kanyenyeva Ministries

 

 

The future of the children of Kanyenyeva is bright because of you. The children in this picture were not born when Kanyenyeva Ministries began 15 years ago but they are benefiting from what you have helped build. They are able to receive food and an education because of your donations and prayers.

Kanyenyeva Ministries and Malawi Orphan Care Project pray that in the next 15 years Malawi will be able to rise out of its extreme poverty and be able to care for all of its citizens.

Five years ago we wrote about the first 10 years of Kanyenyeva Ministries. You can read about that here.

Since then, Kanyenyeva Ministries continues to help improve the lives of the children and adults in their community. The leadership at the orphan project makes sure each child attends school. Because of this focus, more students are graduating from high school. One student, Precious, scored so high on his high school exit exams that he was eligible to attend college. Thanks to a generous donor who is paying his school fees, Precious is studying computer science at UNICAF in Lilongwe. You can read more about Precious here.

With the help of your donations, they have begun 2 new businesses: a 137 acre farm and Kanyenyeva Wala which is a Days for Girls Enterprise where women make and sell reusable sanitary products.

A Skills Center has been built where Kanyenyeva Wala is housed and high schoolers can meet in the evening to study together. Kanyenyeva Ministries is exploring other businesses to start which will also be housed in the skills center. They are looking into starting a sandal business, a furniture business, or a mat making business.

Kanyenyeva Ministries continues to feed the children, share Jesus’ love with them, and provide school supplies. Your donations to Malawi Orphan Care Project truly are changing lives. Thank you!!

 

Days for Girls Enterprise

 

Days for Girls Enterprise / Kanyenyeva Wala

In October 2018, Days for Girls International approved the licensing of a Days for Girls Enterprise to be located within Kanyenyeva, Malawi. Since that time, this enterprise has been operated as a program under the umbrella of the Malawi Orphan Care Project and Kanyenyeva Ministries. DFG enterprises sew and distribute health education and sanitary kits to menstruating women and girls.

The Days for Girls (DFG) enterprise was named Kanyenyeva Wala (Kanyenyeva Shines) and provides the women of Kanyenyeva with a viable sustainable small business to supply their own needs and provide an income for themselves while helping female students remain in school.

DFG kits are truly life-changing for the school aged girls who receive them. “Days for Girls” literally refers to “School Days for Girls”. Currently, girls who menstruate without access to sanitary supplies are forced to skip school. They subsequently fall behind in their studies and are often forced to drop out of school and then into a forced early marriage.

Six women were chosen to attend the Days for Girls Leadership Launchpad that was held in Salima, Malawi in 2019. These women spent two weeks learning to sew the DFG kit components as well as learning how to market and distribute DFG kits within their surrounding region.

Kanyenyeva Wala has grown into one of the outstanding DFG enterprises in Africa and is housed within a new Skills Center building that was constructed using funds that were raised through the cooperative efforts of MOCP contributors. The enterprise has established a working relationship with DFG South Africa and has also received grant funding through a foundation of the First Lady of Malawi. Recently, an industrial overlocking serger sewing machine was purchased and is being put to use making professional style kit components.

The COVID pandemic is also present in Malawi. Kanyenyeva Wala was able to sew and provide over 700 cloth face masks for both adults and children which were distributed to the volunteer women and registered children within the Kanyenyeva Project.

Future funding donations will be used to provide water and solar power for the Skills Center.

 

Building Infrastructure

The orphan care project began as a grass thatched shed on a piece of land. In 2008 a storage building was begun but not completed due to lack of funds. In 2009, a generous donation was received from Mr. Bob Enskat for a meeting hall to be constructed.

There were some leftover supplies so the storage building was completed. In 2011, the storage house was converted into a coop for chicken.

After a capital improvement fundraiser in 2012, funds were raised for well to be dug and a kitchen to be constructed.

 

 

 

In July, 2012, the kitchen was built.

The well was dug in early 2013. This infrastructure was made possible through donations.

 

 

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The kitchen was doubled in size in 2015 thanks to Joy Lutheran Church in Winnipeg, Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

The latest project at the Kanyenyeva Orphan Care Ministries location is a new Skill Center Building. The Skills Center currently houses the Days for Girls (DfG) Enterprise, which is a registered DfG business called Kanyenyeva Wala (Kanyenyeva Shines). Thanks to a grant from Westwood Community Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, along with many individual and corporate donors, the new Skills Center has an office, storage room and approximately 1200 square feet of open-air, covered space as a multipurpose area for the women to sew, students to read, or children to use as shelter and shade from the weather.

 

Kanyenyeva Ministries would like for the future infrastructure to include a house for a watchman and visitors, a school, and a medical clinic.

Any donation amount will continue to help build the infrastructure needed to care for the orphans of the Kanyenyeva area.