Manna for Malawi 2020 is on!!!

The Johnny Holm Band will still perform to raise money for Malawian orphans but lots of other things have changed about this year’s event. Manna for Malawi has been postponed until Sunday August 23 from 2-6pm. The regional band has been attracting audiences for nearly 40 years in the United States, primarily in the five-state area. Manna for Malawi will be held in Minnesota.

Pastor Paul Mattson said he is pleased the event will still being held, for two reasons. “People really enjoyed the Johnny Holm Band last year, the music, the band’s interaction with the crowd. And we’ll still be able to raise money to feed and educate the orphans we support in Malawi.” The landlocked nation is in southeastern Africa and is one of the poorest nations in the world. Average income there is less than $2 a day.

The date is not the only change this year. “Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we won’t be serving spaghetti, meatballs and refreshments to reduce contact between people. And this year, we’re going to try to do as many things as possible on-line. Virtual root beer floats probably won’t happen but the silent auction, raffles and give-aways can. Specifics are still being worked out but the goal is to be as safe as possible and still feature a great Johnny Holm outdoor concert.“ The event had always been held the last weekend in June in the past.

“The mission began 14 years ago and volunteers then fed around 400 hundred children, once a week. Now, feeding takes place six days a week and up to a thousand African orphans get their only meal of the day,” Mattson added. Last year’s event raised more than $45,000. The money raised by the organization has helped to buy a tractor and truck for the Malawi Orphan Care Project farm . Money raised this year will go for the feeding program and education for orphan children.

Manna for Malawi supports the Malawi Orphan Care Project, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. For more information about Malawi Orphan Care Project or to make a donation, check us out on the web at www.malawiorphancareproject.org.

For more information about Manna for Malawi:
Call: Pastor Paul Mattson
(218)546-6010

Court annulled 2019 Presidential Election

 

MALAWI ELECTIONS CRITICAL FOR COUNTRY’S FUTURE

 

In May of 2019, President Peter Mutharika was elected to serve a second 5-year team as president of Malawi. Mutharika was elected with 35% of the vote total. The next two closest rivals garnered over 50% between them. Malawi has used what is called a ‘first past the post’ process for the office of president, where the top vote recipient in a field receives the victory, even if they do not receive more than 50%.

The election process was marred with problems, even though the international observers who were present stood behind it. Tally sheets were copied, tally sheets were ‘corrected’ with ‘white-out’, many went missing, and many others showed up in precincts, sometimes exceeding the number of registered voters in a precinct.

In January of 2020, a special Constitutional Court ruled that the election process was so flawed that the results were annulled, and a new election was called to happen within 150 days of the verdict. The new election standard is 50% + 1, meaning the victor must garner over half of the ballots cast to be elected.

Two voting coalitions have emerged in the process. One is centered around the President and his party, and the other around the top two vote recipients from last May. The campaigning process has been marred with violence, with gangs of thugs beating rival party supporters, rocks thrown at rival politicians, and rival political offices fire-bombed, killing those inside.

The new election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23. The government has attempted to delay this date, placing the security and validity of the process in question once again. Ballot papers arrived in Malawi just this past week. A new Election Commission was seated at the beginning of June. There is much room in the process for corruption to occur once again.

Pray for the election process in Malawi. For many years, the country has been led by those who have skimmed international aid, received payments under the table from vendors, handed out government positions to unqualified cronies, and grown rich on the backs of some of the poorest people on the planet. The people are crying out for leadership that will serve them, and not themselves.

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!!

 

The Hungry Season 2020

In Malawi, the Hungry Season of 2020 has been compounded by the current Coronovirus Pandemic.

Most of the vulnerable children who are fed at the project are orphans. Being orphans, they live with families other than their parents and are usually a drain on already scarce resources. Most of the families in the Kanyenyeva area are subsistence farmers, growing only enough food for themselves and their family. It is a means of survival but does not produce income. Subsistence farmers are impacted greatly by variations in weather.

In January, 2020, UN’s World Food Program warned about food insecurity in Malawi and other southern African countries.

“An unprecedented number of people in 16 countries across southern Africa are gravely food insecure as climate change wreaks havoc on the region.”

“This hunger crisis is on a scale we’ve not seen before and the evidence shows it’s going to get worse,” the WFP’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, Lola Castro, said in a statement.

The crisis is impacting 45 million people — many of whom are women and children. The region has been hit hard by repeated droughts, widespread flooding and economic hardship.

Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are among the hardest-hit.

Many families across the region are already skipping meals, taking children out of school and falling into debt to stave off agricultural losses, the WFP said.” (Source: https://www.dw.com/en/un-warns-hunger-crisis-in-southern-africa-on-scale-weve-not-seen-before/a-52029274)

According to USAID “Recurring droughts afflict Malawi’s agriculture sector, threatening the livelihoods of Malawi’s smallholder farmers, who constitute 80 percent of Malawi’s population. Thirty-eight percent of Malawians live below the poverty line, and 47 percent of children are stunted.

Malawians are currently experiencing the hungriest time of the year. It is the time while they are growing and harvesting their crops for the year ahead. They have eaten their harvest from 2019 and have nothing until they can eat from their harvest of 2020.

During this time of the year, the orphan project experiences a higher than normal number of children seeking a meal. Due to the Coronavirus in North America, several fundraisers which support the feeding program have been cancelled or postponed. With less income than expected, the leadership at the orphan project have been forced to reduce the number of meals they offer to the children in their community from 6 days a week to 3 days a week. For some children the meal they receive at the orphan project is the only meal they receive that day. Decreasing the number of days the children can have a meal can be devastating.

We know that many people around the world are experiencing a decrease if their own incomes, too, however; a meal for a child costs $.50. A donation of $10 will feed 20 children! No amount is too small. Please prayerfully consider donating to help the children in Malawi be fed. Click here to learn more about how to donate.