In March, Cyclone Idai left families across Southern Africa in
MALAWI - We all experience stress. When I am back in the US, I see my brother or sister-in-law rushing from work to pick up the kids from school to take them to doctor’s appointments - all this while work is calling them with questions! At the end of the night, they are exhausted. They don’t understand why and they are kicking themselves because they feel inadequate.
MALAWI - I often wonder: How do you teach creativity? How do you help people to want to innovate, to risk exploring the unknown and gamble a sure thing for something that could potentially not work at all? How do you convince people to use the little resources they have to purchase or create something new? When there are limited resources, few people dare to try. If they fail, they could be laughed at, or worse, their family could be without needed resources.
MALAWI - Several years ago there was a credit card commercial with the recurring theme of priceless. So what does that have to do with World Renew’s work in Malawi? Read on. Farmers in Southern Africa frequently request help accessing fertilizer. Their soil is highly degraded and in need of regeneration. But as the population rapidly grows, less arable land is available to allow for proper fallow. Fertilizer is expensive and, if you borrow money to buy it and the rains are irregular, then it will have been wasted and the end result is greater poverty. What can be done?
I have been in Atlanta for over a month now. I came back to the United States to care for my mom. She is suffering cirrhosis of the liver and is waiting for a liver transplant. Because her liver doesn’t function the way it should, her kidneys are not doing well. She is jaundiced; she can’t sleep at night because her skin itches; her lungs and abdomen sometimes fill with fluid. When this happens, she can’t breathe so she has to go to the hospital and have the fluid drained. Because when one organ does not work, everything is affected.
I was able to visit with Nasoweka Thungo and her children recently, and I wanted to share an update with you about how they are doing. As the Free A Family® representatives for Southern Africa, their reality can give you a glimpse of what life is like for many families in this area of the world.
Over the years, women have made vast achievements in areas such as social, economic, cultural and political equality. In recognition of these accomplishments, March 8 is the celebration of International Women’s Day. While it was first officially declared by the United Nations in 1975, commemoration of International Women’s Day actually stretches back over a century. Every year, the tradition continues as we come together and celebrate the vital role women play in communities both locally and globally.