A look at Meals of Hope in 2012

A client under the nutrition program with meals of hope

Magret Nkhoma, a client in the nutrition program with meals of hope

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.

Women waiting for their children to be screened at Madisi Nutrition clininc

Women waiting for their children to be screened at Madisi Nutrition clininc

Plates of meals of hope ready to be served

Plates of meals of hope ready to be served

The MUMC partnered with Talimba to serve the children better in Blantyre

The MUMC partnered with Talimba to serve the children better in Blantyre

Meals of Hope in Mchinji

Meals of Hope in Mchinji

Mercy washing hands of children in Amin Village, Balaka

Mercy washing hands of children in Amin Village, Balaka

Mercy with the care givers in Balaka

Mercy with the care givers in Balaka

A baby at Nancholi nutrition clinic

Baby  Chisomo at Nancholi nutrition clinic

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.

Meals of hope at Chimwemwe street kids center in Blantyre

Meals of hope at Chimwemwe street kids center in Blantyre

Children singing after receiving meals of hope

Children singing after receiving meals of hope

A group of people living positively in Nancholi

A group of people living positively in Nancholi

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.

Volunteers at Nancholi nutrition clinic

Volunteers at Nancholi nutrition clinic

The vehicle behind most of the Meals distribution

The vehicle behind most of the Meals distribution

Mercy and the volunteers she mentors in Nancholi

Mercy and the volunteers she mentors in Nancholi

Meals of Hope in Balaka

Meals of Hope in Balaka

Children having their meal at a community based feeding program

Children having their meal at a community based feeding program

Serving the meals at a community based feeding site in Nsanje

Serving the meals at a community based feeding site in Nsanje

Children waiting to be served with meals of hope

Children waiting to be served with meals of hope

Children having their meal at a feeding site in Blantyre

Children having their meal at a feeding site in Blantyre

Villagers taking meals of hope on foot due to impassable roads

Villagers taking meals of hope on foot due to impassable roads

Mercy explaining how the meals are prepared to the care givers in Bwanje

Mercy explaining how the meals are prepared to the care givers in Bwanje

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

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3 Responses to A look at Meals of Hope in 2012

  1. I was thrilled to work at the Nancholi clinic, while visiting, recently. This program has saved so many lives and it was exciting to see children thriving, playing and laughing having reached a healthy weight/height.
    Keep up the good work! I hope to see you all again in March.

  2. Pingback: Meals of Hope and Hope. . in general « Bab's Blog

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