The Pastoral team also visits local hospitals weekly, they provide sessions of prayer, vibrant songs and worship. The music often detracts suffering in exchange for optimism and courage in times of hardship. Sometimes the atmosphere is so alive the singing can be heard from outside the hospital!
Our outreach extends to conducting assessments for vulnerable families to identify need and implement intervention. We aim to react to changing needs, this is an unprecedented situation and no one really knows what is going to happen from one day to the next, whether it be malnutrition, hunger, homelessness, disease or poor sanitation. However, we aim to respond to crisis with the compassion of Jesus and restore lives through His grace and wisdom. The current economic crisis is hitting the people in Chikwawa particularly hard. Any fall in demand or rise in prices can mean the difference between eating every day or going hungry. Your prayers and support make a difference to our efforts.
Vulnerable families and children, especially orphans are at the heart of Hope Village and so many of the activities revolve around them. But rather than remove orphans from their extended family, we prefer for children to stay in their community where possible and instead offer help to the whole family.
Assessments are carried out in the surrounding villages to identify families and children who need help.
Where a guardian is able to work, they work at Hope Village garden 4 hours each week and receive some help with food. Children on child sponsorship also have their school fees paid and provided with school uniforms and materials.
As most of the population of Malawi are subsistence farmers, people are dependent upon the crops they grow for survival. In recent years, floods and latterly drought, have caused the crops to be destroyed, resulting in hunger. Thanks to donations Hope Village has been able to provide maize, the staple diet, to those identified by the local chiefs as being in greatest need. We also have been able to distribute rice packs made up with additional essential nutrients which were donated by the organisation ‘Feed the Hungry’.
In January 2015 Malawi experienced the worst flooding it had seen in decades where lives, crops and houses were completely destroyed. In conjunction with the local chiefs, assessments were made in the villages of houses and toilets that had been worst affected and a building programme has been underway with many families having been helped.
We were also able to distribute maize seeds to those who had gardens close to the river so that they could replant in the hope of raising a harvest.
Our pastoral team regularly goes out to all the local villages to offer encouragement, support and teaching to those who would like it. Bible studies are carried out daily to various groups on site and in the villages. Each week a team takes services in the local hospital. Counselling is offered to those coming seeking help. A discipleship programme is soon to commence for staff and any others who want to join.
Provision is made on site with a good supply of clothes donated for those children (mostly) in need of clothing.