Meals of Hope is a nutritious meal (http://meals-of-hope.org/about-meals-of-hope/) that was packed at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in response to hunger and malnutrition challenges facing The Malawi United Methodist Church. The program is run in 10 districts with 22 feeding sites. It also recruits under five children and adults living with HIV/AIDS in two nutrition clinics. The feeding sites are community based run whereby communities provide labour and firewood for the preparation of the meals.
“When I joined the program, I was weighing 34kgs but a month into the program, I am now weighing 4okgs. I have been on ARVs for 3 years now, but to get food was main problem. I lost a husband and there is no one to support me. Thanks to the church for saving my live. I could have been dead now” testifies Magret Nkhoma an adult client in Nancholi.
Baby Chisomo is 2 years old and has protein Energy Malnutrition and looks edematous. She can not manage to eat the rice, therefore, her mother is advised to grind the meal into powder and make porridge for her baby. “The porridge out of this rice is very delicious, my baby likes it very much and I have no problems in preparing it. It is really improving the health of my baby. Before I joined the program, she was weak and inactive but now she interacts with her friends” said Chisomo’s mother.
ARVs are free in Malawi and most of people living with HIV/AIDS have access to them. The problem is food and Meals of Hope is covering that gap to save these lives.
The Meals of Hope program continues to save lives in 2013. Thanks to REZ and MUMC for giving our children a meal a day.
By Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo