Poverty Eradication in Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) – Counting down

Madisi in Dowa district  is one of the many communities that has been seriously affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Malawi. The epidemic has significantly increased the number of vulnerable children. The estimated number of orphans in Madisi is 10,000.  It is against this background that the Malawi United Methodist Church (MUMC), The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (REZ) and ZOE ministry aim at improving the lives of children made vulnerable by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, poverty, and other socio-economic factors.

The program which started in January, 2013 has identified 377 OVCs households approximately 1,800 children with their  ages ranging from 1 – 21 years. They are grouped in 16 working groups. According to the ZOE model, it gives hope to orphans and breaking the cycle of poverty in Africa within 3 years and Malawi is privileged to be one of the chosen countries. ZOE transforms lives of OVCs in their own living environment by providing them with skills, trainings and resources to make them independent and being able to take care of their own needs. It is not about relief but development.

Members of Tinyade Working group

The children dancing during ZOE community awareness  meeting

The children dancing during ZOE community awareness meeting

 

The children showing their acting skills

The children showing their acting skills

 

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Edgar Chinkhata, 20 yrs, during his carpentry training

 

 

Estere Amosi, 20 yrs old, during her tailoring training

Estere Amosi, 20 yrs old, during her tailoring training

Members of Lonjezo working group clearing land for their group project

Members of Lonjezo working group clearing land for their group project

 

The program is also advocating for right of OVCs and stigma reduction.

 

STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!!!!

 

By Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Poverty Eradication in Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) – Counting down

  1. Daniel mhone says:

    Sure enough it is a new concept with empowerment as focus and not relief. We pray for transformation of Madisi Community

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