Wins in 2016
Provided food assistance to over 1,000 families that lost their harvest to the drought
Behaviour change talks reduced the percentage of over 8,000 girls contracting HIV and AIDS through transactional sex
Farmers who learned Conservation Agriculture methods harvested more than their neighbours... now many of the neighbors are interested in the method!
Goals for 2017
Provide 200 girls and parents with business entrepreneurship training so that their daughters will not need to engage in transactional sex to earn money
Help families start home vegetable gardens so that families will be more food secure due to growing food year 'round
Help local churches identify their resources and learn how to work together and connect with the larger community to address challenges
World Renew Partners In Malawi
CHURCH OF CENTRAL AFRICA PRESBYTERIAN NKHOMA SYNOD (CCAP)
Through CCAP, World Renew reaches out to communities spread throughout central Malawi. In these communities, church leaders are encouraged to form diaconal committees. At the same time, “Women in Development” groups meet to train women on improved agricultural techniques including seed multiplication, food storage, and establishing tree nurseries. Women also receive training in nutrition, sanitation, using mosquito nets, and Biblical concepts of family life and sexuality. Women’s groups are used to track the health of under-five children and teach mothers how to intervene and improve the health status of their children. Training to run small businesses and small loans to enable those businesses to grow provide the dignity of being able to meet family financial needs as well as giving back to God through local churches. Both men and women are engaged in literacy classes and specific projects that meet community felt needs. Literacy training impacts the lives of thousands of Malawians each year giving them confidence to become more active participants in church and community leadership. Communities are engaged in a range of specific projects including composting latrines, small-scale irrigation and orphan nursery schools.
NKHOMA HOSPITAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH
Currently World Renew has a Maternal and Child Health project with Nkohoma Hospital and Public Health. The project attempts to decrease the number of malnourished children and pregnant women, as well as reduce stunting in children (which is 47%).
The project includes education about nutrition and health, as well as encouraging diversification in agriculture. World Renew teaches participants better planting practices and also teaches how to increase their yields and access to diverse foods. World Renew looks at gender roles and finds out who makes decisions about what is eaten, how much is eaten and who eats first.
The plan is also to implement a Village Savings and Loans program in the local community. Households can learn to save money and also have the opportunity to loan money to each other. All of this will greatly improve the livelihood of the community households.
EAGLE RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
World Renew works with Eagle Relief and Development Committee to help local churches be the solution to problems in the community, instead of waiting for other NGO's to come up with a solution. Together we help church leaders identify the problems in the community and find available resources.
You can read more about this in Jan 14,2015 blog on “Awakening”
WORD ALIVE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
World Renew has been working with Word Alive since 2015 on a HIV/AIDS Innovation Fund project.
This project is a behavior change intervention that will target girls (14-21 years old) from various Malawi villages who frequently sell goods to earn money and occasionally engage in transactional sex. World Renew along with Word Alive will be working with girls aged 14-21 years from the 6 villages surrounding Lunzu to leave transactional sex and exclusively engage in selling of goods to earn money.
The key activities for change include introducing the girls to role models, stepping stones (life skills education and risk perception) training, development and dissemination of key messages around the risk of transactional sex and community sensitization meetings and linkages to HIV testing and counseling.
Another focus of the project is to be aligned with Malawi's current HIV prevention strategy for 2015-2020 which identifies young women between the ages 10 and 24 years old as a key population group. The strategy identifies these young women’s vulnerability as a critical barrier to be addressed in order for the country to reduce sexual transmission of HIV.