Inspiring hope in Malawi
Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries with approximately 70 percent of the population living below the poverty line and earning $1.90 U.S. per day or less. Exacerbating this, the economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, employing nearly 80% of the population, and leaving inhabitants very vulnerable to quick changes in world commodity prices and weather events. Recent estimates place 28% of the population in extreme poverty, meaning they where individuals their food needs. In this context lies Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Africa's largest refugee camp and home to as many as 8,000 children. It is in and around this crowded camp that the Mennonite Brethren Church of Malawi was born, seeking to foster hope and future for children in great need.
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Partnering in Local Outreach
Our partner, the Mennonite Brethren Church of Malawi ("MB Church"), operates in and around the Dzaleka Refugee camp. Although built for just 10,000, Dzaleka Refugee Camp is home for over 40,000 refugees and asylum seekers. While the majority of inhabitants have fled cycles of violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the residents hail from many countries. Today, thousands of children in the camp have no option to attend school and are severely malnourished. Pastor Bahati Mutabesha (“Safari”), a refugee himself, saw his entire family killed in the wake of the Rwandan genocide. Ten years ago, he established the MB Church in to foster reconciliation and share the Good News in his battered community. The Church now counts tens of thousands of members, both within and outside the Camp. Hope Story is helping the Church run a school that serves 420 children in grades one to four, a program that includes a regular feeding program. Pastor Bahati dreams of expanding the school and developing a vocational program to teach employable trades and skills.
Our Work in Malawi
Mennonite Brethren Church
We’ve begun supporting the core nutritional needs of children. Just $25/month will support 5+ children in the initial food program, currently supporting three meals a week for 420 children attending school through the MB Church. Most of these children arrive at school without lunch, and this support is essential to both their learning and to counter rampant malnourishment. Additional food support is provided to over 60 children battling HIV. With your help, we hope to grow the educational resources of the schools, lacking teachers as well as basic school supplies such as books, paper, and pencils.
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