COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor."
HOPE FOR 1000
(Blantyre - 2016)
After one year of floods and another year of drought, many Malawians were faced with severe hunger during the months of June 2016 to March 2017. We felt prompted to take a step of faith and reach out to 1000 families. To provide hope and a future!
HELPING by EMPOWERING!
With the help of different ministry partners we identified five needy communities where we targeted 200 families in each to benefit from an empowerment outreach. These communities were in Machinga, Phalombe, Ntcheu, Thyolo and Zomba. Each community sent four lead farmers for two weeks of intensive training at the Crown Stewardship School.
After two weeks of training the lead farmers’ mandate was clear. Each had to train 50 families to grow 52 lines of maize (one line for every week of the year) at a very high standard. From each line they could harvest 15kg of maize, enough to feed themselves for a week, altogether giving them enough maize to feed themselves for 52 weeks in the next year. That is exactly what the lead farmers did.
Within one month, 1000 families were trained in five communities! These families received 2kg of seed & 10kg fertilizer after they were trained. In December the same families received 20kg of high nutritious porridge (Future life) given by City Hope Disaster Relief, Durban, SA.
Reports indicate that the average yield from the 52 lines of maize was 10 bags of maize / family. Some farmers did extremely well and some did poorly, with most of them testifying of an increase in yield from previous seasons. The lead farmers proved to be very diligent in fulfilling their mandate. The focus at the moment is training the same group of people how to make compost manure. The seed we provided was an open pollinated variety, which is replant-able. If they can manage to produce compost manure and keep the best cobs from the harvest for seed, the next harvest is also secured! Above all, we are very thankful to see how many souls from the 1000 families has received Jesus as their Lord and Savior in the process. We have done follow-up visits to these farmer groups to see the results of their maize harvest and to keep on watering the seeds of the Word which was sown over the previous 6 months.
HOPE FOR 500
(Mzuzu - 2017)
September 2017: Unfortunately, Malawi is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. 85% of the population in Malawi are farmers and depend on the land for their food. They often don’t harvest enough to feed their families due to poor soil, late rains, bad management and other issues. Many sell their maize to obtain cash for other necessities such as school fees, loans, household supplies, extended family needs, and fertilizer leaving them in need of food later in the year.
We identified about 6 communities in need and chose 17 lead farmers for a week long training.
Lead farmers were to train 25 farmers each.
Lead farmers will provide oversight on farmers' progress and turn in evaluation forms.
Mark Beckett, Mac Mhango, and Ryan Glick will visit the lead farmers (and other farmers) to check on fields and give advice through the rainy season.
At beginning of October, all the farmers who prepared their plots to required standard received a seed pack and top dressing (Fertilizer).
For each line, they can harvest up to 15 kg of maize which will be enough food for 1 week for a family of 4. With sufficient rain and good mulch, each family can harvest enough to feed themselves for the next year.
We do not want to add to the dependency on relief aid, but we believe by teaching, equipping, and encouraging farmers with the Word of God to be good stewards, farming wisely, and at high standards, there will be good results.
Our goal is to empower about 500 farmers in the Northern parts of Malawi through the 2018 rainy season with the following program:
The training went very well and lead farmers trained their respective groups. Mark, Mac, and Ryan have started field visitations to the lead farmers to verify the status of their training application and of the quality of their training of others. Some did very well, others need to improve. Those who did well have received their maize and fertilizer packs.
Tuktuk for Village Outreach
Mark Beckett met Mac Mahango 6 years ago. He has worked most of his life for the Malawi government and is currently employed as an agricultural extension officer and principal at Regional Training Centre in Mzuzu. He has worked in many areas in northern Malawi, at different government stations, and has lots of experience in the region. He has also completed the 6 week Training for Trainers course at our Blantyre campus. Mac has assisted Mark for the past 3 years in training the Foundations for Farming Program and joined the Crown Stewardship Team in Mzuzu in 2017 as a volunteer teacher.
5 years ago, Mac was in a motorbike accident that resulted in a severely injured leg which was finally amputated 3 years ago. He is in process of getting a prosthesis leg. Due to his immobility, he is unable to get out to villages on his own and instead must get rides with Mark which is not always the most convenient. For him to go to the field on his own, he could use a Tricycle (Tuktuk). He would be able to drive it with a few simple modifications, as it only has one foot pedal (brake). This would greatly expand the outreach of our northern school into the surrounding communities.
COST: Tri-cycles new in Malawi cost $4,500.
The full amount has been raised and Mac is mobile again! Thanks to your generous giving.