Tools for teens - empowerment - classrooms - house of promise
Onesimus Home During Early Construction
Onesimus Nearing Completion
One of biggest social problems facing urbanizing Africa are the street kids. 80% are orphans. Some are runaways, and others have been abandoned. Sadly, all have a history of abuse. Numbers living on the streets are rapidly increasing due to poverty, disease, and famine.
Street kids, as young as preschoolers, sleep in abandoned buildings, shacks made from cardboard or corrugated tin, use cardboard for blankets, or sleep in front of stores at night.
Children survive by begging, digging through garbage, or stealing.
Older boys & minibus drivers often beat up & steal the meager resources from the younger children.
Survival tactics for money or food include - Rape - Prostitution - Sexual bartering
Newcomers to streets are often forced into sex as a tool to secure their protection from an “older” street teen or security guards.
Results in many children & teens developing STI’s (highest risk group for HIV/AIDS).
Many become addicted to sniffing glue or chewing chamba (marijuana) to try and numb the pain.
#Let Girls Be Girls . . . not wives or mothers. For the girls, life is even worse. Girls are often being forced into being child brides:
50% are married before age of 18, some as young as 9 yrs old.
26% are mothers.
Girls are at high risk of being trafficked out of country to S. Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Their lives are hopeless ~ no hope for safety, education, or a bright future. Accepted belief is if a child is not taken off the streets within 2 weeks, that child will never leave, but this does not take into account what God can do. Sunshine Ministies with Onesimus Homes is working with these disenfranchised, scarred, and abused children. Named after Biblical Onesimus, a runaway slave who was sent back restored, volunteers work with these children first on the streets building trust and relationships. Then, if the child is willing, he or she will be brought to live for 18 months and up at Onesimus Homes. Here the child or teen will live in a home with up to 9 others, have godly house parents, go to school, learn a vocational trade, and be restored to a whole, healthy life physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Step 1 – To provide for an electrical transformer at the Onesimus Homes. This transformer provides electricity for the homes, for the water to be pumped from the well, for the medical clinic, and for the community. Completed 2016.
Step 2 – CURRENT NEED! To finish the 1st home for street girls. Onesimus currently has 2 homes for boys. All the funds have been raised to finish this home. Join us in September as we take a serve team to complete this project! Step 3 – Project for 2017 – Build a water bottling facility that will provide a long term income-generating activity for sustainability of whole project.
These teenage orphans cannot afford the school fees to attend school. This leaves them without a hope for future employment or being contributing members of society. Their future, without any intervention, leads to begging or stealing.
Songani Community Orphan Care Center, founded in 1998, is providing hope and job skills by offering training to these orphans in carpentry, tinsmithing (making pots, pans, and garden tools),and tailoring. Currently 104 orphans have graduated, and are now living across Malawi and other countries supporting themselves and any remaining family members. With the funds raised from the 2013 5K, we were able to purchase two Singer treadle sewing machines plus $2000 worth tools for the carpentryand tinsmithing. Now these teens are learning life skills so they can learn how to support themselves and their younger brothers and sisters. James, in the last picture above, has learned carpentry skills. He is standing next to a desk he made. With these skills, he is now the sole supporter of his younger orphaned brothers and sister. Because of Songani, James and others like him are contributing members of society with the skills that they have learned here!
How Can You Help?
Short Term: They want to open a butchery to provide immediate capital to pay for the ongoing training expenses. Thank you to our partners who helped make this possible. Step One has now been completed! The funds have been raised, and the butchery is opening the first week of November, 2014!
Long Term: This project needs an additional $5000 to purchase an industrial-sized saw and wood planer. In addition to using this wood at the training center, the wood planks can also be sold in the community as part of their income generation activity (IGA) to make the training center locally self-sustainable.
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The Problem: Naisi, Malawi
These HIV+ mothers, widows and elderly grandparents caring for their grandchildren have no means of supporting themselves, and no form of generating income. Therefore, they and their children and grandchildren are at high risk of malnutrition and disease.
The two babies from the two HIV+ mothers were severely malnourished when we first met them as their mothers were told to stop nursing them due to the HIV. Instead, the babies were slowly starving to death. In addition, some of the elderly grandmother caregivers for their orphaned grandchildren were also in dire straits. Thus began the Kids 4 Kids program. To the two HIV+ mothers and two of the grandmothers a female goat was given. When the first female kid (baby goat) is born, it is given to someone else in their support group. The rest of the kids they can keep and raise for food, school fees, seed, and so forth. This enables the group to be self-sustaining and leads to a generous spirit. Within 10 months we have seen tremendous empowerment occurring among these women. This program has also now expanded to widows. Not only are the babies thriving from the goat milk, but they can use the manure for fertilizer on their fields plus they now have a source of income. An exciting turn of events has been that most of the goats have had a female kid the first time. Already this program is up to over 70 goats and it keeps growing. The University of Malawi has now authorized research to be done in this community to further study the impact and extent of the empowerment created by the goats. Thank you partners for making such a difference for these women.
How You Helped!
Training in the Village Savings and Loan was completed in October, 2014! 30 widows and HIV+ mothers received this life-changing training. Now they have started their own local savings and loan association and are starting small micro-enterprises where they are becoming totally self supporting and self sustaining! Thank you to everyone who help make this possible! PROJECT FINISHED! And, now 70 women each have a goat ~ this project is continuing to grow and impact this community!
Changing one life at a time is changing a community!
Malawi's Classrooms Project
100-150 AIDS orphans were crammed into two small mud-block classrooms at Kondanani Drop-in Day Care in Naisi, Zomba District, Malawi. A makeshift kitchen area was under a tree. The center was committed to accept as many orphans as possible to start them on their educational journey, to provide a safe place while their elderly grandmother caregivers worked in the fields, and it desired to provide one nutritious meal each day.
Drop-in day care centers provide orphaned preschoolers a chance to receive their early education in a safe environment without the burden of fees and uniforms plus the children are given one nutritious meal a day. Most orphans are either in child-headed households or are cared for by their aged grandmothers or great grandmothers who do not receive any government assistance. Kondanani provides that much needed helping hand! With the partnership of another organization, a one-classroom brick building was constructed that also housed an office and reception. However, more classroom space and a kitchen was still needed. We have constructed a 9 m X 13 m steel structure with roof that will house multiple classrooms along with a covered area for the kitchen. Other developments include:
Starting a chicken farm so they can have an income-generating activity that provides income for the daycare, pays teachers salaries, and purchasing supplies.
Using the chicken manure for fertilizer resulting in higher yield of harvest. They now grow enough food to feed the children for the entire year.
Assisting in starting a pig farm for additional income which currently is being used for community members to mold and burn the bricks for the foundation and walls of the classrooms and the kitchen.
Teaching sewing to after school teens for them to develop a life-skill in which they can become self supporting.
Donating Moringa trees which provide firewood plus the added nutrition available from the edible leaves and seeds.
In April 2014, US Ambassador to Malawi, Jeanine Jackson and her husband visited Kondanani. She gave high praises for the work and sustainable development being done by Fingerprints Across Africa in partnership with Kondanani for the orphans in the community.
How Can You Help?
We still need to raise approximately $3,000 to help with the cement, windows, doors, and to finish and furnish the interior of the classrooms and kitchen.
Fundraisers such as Sock-it-to-Malawi
Spread the word to your friends and businesses
Together we can leave a lasting impression on these children's lives!
Malawi's House of Promise
The security wall desperately needs to be built so these orphans can return to this home and be reunited as a family. The wall needs to be 10 feet high and is 856 linear feet in length. Total cost is $18,000 for the project. To date, two-thirds of the wall has been built! Remaining work includes finishing the wall around the front of the property, and manufacturing metal gates for the entry way. We are almost finished! Need the remaining funds for the wall and gate to be finished. As soon as that is done, the children can move home!
This home for 10 orphans needs to be secure. Due to large gangs of thieves terrorizing the community, the home is no longer safe to house the children until a security wall can be built. The home was built in 2003 and provides a long-term solution for these high risk orphans. House parents provide a loving atmosphere to raise these orphans who had previously suffered terrible abuse and neglect. These children, previously abused, now live as a family where they are given three meals a day, are clothed, have medical needs met, and they go to school. They have gone from having no hope and no future to having a future. Only, the home has been closed temporarily until it can be secure.
Thank you for your help! - this project is complete.
Project Complete! Thanks to our wonderful partners, this wall is up! Currently the security gates are being made. Soon these children will be moving back “home” with their other foster orphaned brothers and sisters.
Your fingerprint will ensure their lives are never the same!