MALAWI

 

Malawi has a population of 16,777,547 (July 2013 est.) Landlocked Malawi ranks among the world's most densely populated and least developed countries in the world. Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the spread of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.  

     The economy is predominately agricultural with about 80% of the population living in rural areas. Agriculture, which has benefited from fertilizer subsidies since 2006, accounts for one-third of GDP and 90% of export revenues. The performance of the tobacco sector is key to short-term growth as tobacco accounts for more than half of exports. The economy depends on substantial inflows of economic assistance from the IMF, the World Bank, and individual donor nations. The government faces many challenges including developing a market economy, improving educational facilities, facing up to environmental problems, dealing with the rapidly growing problem of HIV/AIDS, and satisfying foreign donors that fiscal discipline is being tightened.

     There is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, which is a drain on the labour force and government expenditures.

There are many investment barriers in Malawi, including high service costs and poor infrastructure for power, water and telecommunications. As of 2009, it was estimated that inflation in Malawi was estimated at 9.7% as of February 2010.

     Malawi has a low life expectancy and high infant mortality. Infant mortality rates are high, and life expectancy at birth is 50.03 years. In Canada we are at 82 years.

     There is a high adult prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS, with an estimated 2 million adults (or 11.9% according to 2007 percentage)  I believe these statics from 2007 are currently severely under reported. Approximately 250 new people are infected each day, and at least 70% of Malawi's hospital beds are occupied by HIV/AIDS patients.

According to Avert.org, 57% of orphans are due to one or both parents dying of HIV/AIDS. 15% are ages 0 to 4. 35% are age 5 to 9, 50% are age 10-14. By the end of 2007, 91,000 children were living with HIV and over half a million orphaned.

     In Malawi, primary education is not compulsory, but the Constitution requires that all people are entitled to at least five years of primary education. Dropout rates are higher for girls than for boys. Gender inequality and needing to care for a sick parent or family member becomes a priority over school.  Since then the Malawian Government has in pursuit of surpassing the achievements that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has realized between 2004 and 2009, and ensuring that education progress does not falter, the Government through the Ministry has developed the National Education Sector Plan (2008-2017), on the foundation of equitable access, relevant quality and management and governance in order to improve the Malawian education system.  The problem is that the children in the public school our children were in last year had over 800 students from Standards 1-8 and no desks.  See attached photos. 

Strategies to meet these challenges

     We are able to educate our children and although we cannot prevent HIV/AIDS we can educate the children and staff in our care about the risks of HIV. We have a part time teacher who comes to the orphanage in the afternoons and teaches English as well as helps the children with their studies. The children are each given chores to do around the orphanage. Some help with laundry, others with cooking and tending to the younger children. We bought a sewing machine to teach sewing but it broke and has not been repaired.  The older children are encouraged to consider a trade and attend a trade college.  Sponsorships for education are requested of our donors.

Our goal is to make these children contributing members and leaders of their Malawian community whether they stay in Lilongwe or go back to their villages to help other children. We are equipping them with skills and are passionate about not making them comfortable in poverty but bringing them out of poverty, with many skills.

Under Construction

Agape - Family of God Feeding Program

Our feeding center in Mtsiliza, a village within the heart of the capital city of Lilongwe, continues to serve 55+ orphaned children on Saturdays. The impact, Director MacDonald speaks of, is the sharing of both physical and spiritual food which addresses the poverty of their hearts.  He teaches a Christian kids program where they can hear about God who loves them and has a plan for their lives.

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." Mother Teresa

For more information on village sponsorship programs

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Under Construction

Building for Agape Children. 

 

A.) Purchased Land and

Commenced building in 2014

During 2014 we purchased 15 acres at Msundwe, 2 km past Msundwe Trading Center on Mchinji Road or known also as M12. We are approximately 40 minutes from the capital city of Lilongwe. 

We have an average of 40 children and 14 staff in our orphanage 

Our children at the home have started at a new school. 

Hiring of a full time pastoral couple on site.  

B.) Purchased Land and Built a Feeding Center in Mtsiliza 

In 2014 in Mtsiliza Village within the capital city of Lilongwe in 2014. We purchased a small plot inside the capital city of Lilongwe in Area 56 (Mtsiliza Village) and built a center for our feeding program where we serve from 55-110 children.

Read more about this under the menu tab Projects - Village Feeding Program or Click here    

 

 Building Accomplishments 

 

In 2015, by Msundwe, we completed:

  1. Well & Pump house
  2. Guard house
  3. Garage
  4. 2 of 16 foot high water towers
  5. Girls Dorm
  6. Boys Dorm
  7. Kitchen
  8. Duplex
  9. Administration Foundation
  10. 22 Panels of Fencing   

We are currently building the fence for protection of our children and finishing the interior of both duplex and kitchen. The boys dorm and duplex are now complete with glass in the windows.   

NEEDS 

1. Fencing is a priority. Each fence panel is 12’L x 8’H, at a cost of $ 250.A donation towards a fence panel can be made in dedication of a loved one.  

2.  Provide a vehicle for transportation. 

3.  Farm our land - prepare & fertilize for partial sustainability by planting crops. 

4.  Establish feeding programs in the local villages close by.   

 

You can read more under the journal article about the construction of the home for the children.

Currently we have completed a girls and boys dormitories in 2014 and 2015. The dormitories house 4 house mothers as well as 20-24 children each.  A dorm for the girls and one on the other side of the campus for the boys. 

In between will be a large kitchen area for the family to eat together and to worship together. Built in 2014/15.

We hope to place mission team huts for future mission teams to come on site as well as a administration building (foundation currently built) for the administration of the work that God will continue to unfold.

If you are interested in helping to donate towards one of these buildings, please help us as this is no small undertaking. For any donation apply child sponsorship, building donation, guardian fence, in any way you wish to your gifts of gratitude in helping others. We will honour those requests of where you wish to donate the funds towards and thank you in advance already for any donation. 

In the background you can see the 1st dorm close to completion.

 

  • The Agape Orphanage Foundation is a registered charitable Christian foundation dedicated to care for orphaned children in Malawi with God as our foundation and Jesus Christ as our cornerstone. 

    Transforming a child’s life one day at a time helps build tomorrow. We equip them with life skills and development to transition them into adulthood and to become leaders in their communities. As well we provide a sense of belonging and community through creating a loving family environment at our home. 

    Our work  continues to have a powerful impact not only on the children under our care, but also on the larger community as a whole.  We provide a sense of dignity and support for the staff by training and educating them for daily life at the center. 

    Our praise report is that we have purchased land by Msundwe approximately 40 minutes out of the capital city of Lilongwe. On these 15 acres  a lot of work and construction has been going on for many months to move the family onto the land in time for them to attend their new school in September. So far we have built 2 dorms, separating girls from boys with house mothers living in each dorm. We are completing the kitchen, which will be the communal center of their gathering for meals and worship.  

 

Big Plans for 2015

 

1. Build a brick fence around our property for the physical safety of our children and staff.  For a donation of $250.00 you can have a section of fence dedicated to a loved one, to yourself, or to your family. We have many acres to fence. Each panel is 12 feet long. We have 21 panels built and only need 343 more fence panels.

2. To complete the kitchen and build a duplex to enable all of our team to live on site.

3. A vehicle for transportation.

4. Farm our land - towards sustainability by planting crops.  

5. Raise $20,000 to ship a container to Malawi with much needed supplies.

6. Bring more development programs to all our children.

7. Complete Pump House. (almost there !!!!) 

 

We humbly approach you for your assistance that you are able to give towards the care of

 

our children in supplying sustainability for feeding, healing and educating our children and

 

helping us to realize our big plans.   

Thank you for your support as you help us lift up the poor in Malawi.

 

 

 

 

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