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ImpactHope supports projects in three districts – Dedza, Blantyre and Chikwawa in Malawi. The goat project provides a sustainable source of income and food for women and their families.
Stelia, a resident of the Chikwawa district, received a meat goat in 2021. By January 2023, her goats had multiplied to seven. She could sell five of them, using the proceeds to purchase seeds, fertilizers, and food for her household. Additionally, she paid for a term of her child’s school fees. Stelia says, “I am a self-reliant woman now through this goat farming project; I can see a future for survival!”.
Namaleta, a widow, is now able to sustain herself with the help of her goats. She uses the proceeds from selling milk and soap to support herself and purchase food. Previously, she did not have proper housing, but she was able to use the funds from selling some of her goats to hire men to mould bricks and construct a new home for herself.
By donating to this project, you are helping to break the cycle of poverty and providing hope for a brighter future. To empower other women like Stelia and Namaleta, give a gift or support us monthly here.
Cyclone Freddy left a trail of destruction in its wake after ripping through Malawi, first in late February before circling back in March. The storm affected over 2 million people and displaced over half a million as it washed away homes, roads, and other infrastructure. (Reuters)
Our partner in Malawi, Pastor Moses, has been preaching a message of hope to the Cyclone Freddy victims in the Magulugulu camp. They swung into action to provide emergency services to those affected. This recovery work continues today.
Moses and Grace Chikuta held training for church leaders in the Chitipa district for eight days in April. Thirty-two church pastors from different denominations enrolled for the training. This will equip them to serve their congregations well, encouraging them to overcome challenges.
Your support is critical to ensure this relief work continues, and leaders are encouraged to continue working faithfully for the Kingdom of God. Your donations will go towards the restoration of the community in Dedza, Malawi.
Special Fundraiser: Relief for Malawi
Tropical Cyclone Freddy has killed at least 326 people after it ripped through southern Malawi. The resulting devastation has left survivors trapped and fighting for survival. People could be seen using shovels, even bare hands, to search for the people in the rubble.
This video shows the footage sent by our partner on the ground in Malawi.
Your generous donation will assist in the relief efforts for the immediate food and water needs. As the situation settles, these funds will also help redevelop the area.
March 2023: Cyclone Freddy Devastates Malawi
“Evidence watched as her 14-year-old friend rocked a baby in her arms. She was dreading the reality in front of her…”
Evidence had lost her parents, and her aunt was the only relative willing to take her in. Her aunt could barely make ends meet and pressured her to marry an older man. Evidence ultimately yielded, and they got married. She was beginning to lose hope until ImpactHope’s local partner reached out to her. The organization was working with the community to inform them of the risks of early marriage and change the social norms that promote this practice.
Evidence was in form 2 when she was helped to escape the forced marriage and return to school. She was also given a school bursary each term and a school uniform.
Her aunt, who forced her to get married early, now completely supports her at home when Evidence attends and returns from school. Evidence is a bright student, and we are overjoyed to see her life forever changed!
In Malawi, 42 percent of girls are married before their 18th birthday, with 9 percent married before they turn 15. (ccp.jhu.edu) Child marriages increase the risk of early pregnancy, leading to complications during pregnancy and childbirth and maternal mortality. Girls who marry early often drop out of school and miss out on life skills to become economically productive adults.
Thanks to your generous donations, three girls were rescued from early and forced marriages and returned to secondary school in 2022. Our partner in Malawi also sponsored the school fees of six orphaned youths in 2022. These youth had dropped out of school due to poverty, hunger, child abuse, and lack of parental care and guidance.
Thank you for changing the lives of children like Evidence in Malawi.
Developing a sustainable food security and nutrition project has been a focus to help women in Malawi access nutritious food and nutrition education. This could include establishing community gardens, providing information on healthy eating, and teaching sustainable farming practices.
Women in the Chikwawa district, one of the districts most affected by cyclone Ana, are still vulnerable. A goat management training was held at the Ngabu centre in Lowershire to help these women.
These women will be engaged in this sustainable agriculture program focusing on milk goat farming. An animal expert from the Ministry of Agriculture did the facilitation.
Twenty-nine women have received the training.
“Thank You for giving my children and me a shot at a better future..” – Esther, member of the agriculture project in Malawi.
Poverty in Malawi is driven by low productivity in the agriculture sector, limited opportunities in non-farm activities, and volatile economic growth.
With our partners, we are pioneering an Empowerment Project which supports widows, orphans, and women in poverty. This video is of an agriculture project for sustainability for vulnerable widows and orphans in Blantyre, Malawi.
Thanks to your support, these vulnerable women and children have the opportunity to create a better future for themselves.
My name is Ellena, and I am a 16-year-old orphan. I was forced into marriage by my uncle last year. I have been in an unwanted marriage for nearly a year. Can you imagine? A 15-year-old girl with an elderly man? How could I be happy? I thought my life was over..
Education for Girls and Poor Orphans Project (EGPOP) is a social-cultural response toward creating educational opportunities for the poorest girls and orphans in secondary schools with funding from our generous donors. Through an initiative of EGPOP, our partner in Malawi has helped Ellena’s uncle understand the need for her to get out of the marriage and return to school.
Ellena is now one of the orphaned girls rescued from a forced and early marriage, and she has now returned to school in grade 1. Your donations have allowed us to support her with learning materials, school fees, and essential body needs this term. We have currently identified 13 more girls and orphans ready to return to school next term if such support can be found.
For just 50 USD, you can support one girl child with all the necessary needs for school, body care and fees for one term. If you would like to change a vulnerable child’s life, consider giving a gift or donating monthly here.
The Empowerment Project supports 110 widows and women in poverty. Through a community-based women empowerment program, meat goats are provided to widows. The Mbuzi (Goat) project empowers families through women to alleviate poverty and enable self-sufficiency.
A goat is an asset to a vulnerable household; it breeds quickly. Offspring can be sold to help families cope or kept to produce manure, which will improve subsequent harvests. Ideally, within a year, each family can choose to sell goats to improve their homes or pay for school fees and use manure to increase their maize and vegetable harvests to produce a surplus to sell. Thanks to our generous sponsors,
Pastor Moses was able to start the program with a small group of widows.