Friday, March 17, 2017

New Project in Palestine--Our Team is on the ground this week

In response to the invitation from St Joseph Center (Dominican Sisters Nursery) in Bethlehem to visit their ministry and help set up a coalition and community development training event for Muslims, Christians and Jews in Palestine,  WorldHope responded:  first by sending a $2,000 gift last year to benefit the Nursery and Bethlehem Bible School; and then this year by sending a service team to help lay the groundwork for a Shalom/Salaam community training event in 2018. Here's is our board member, Doug Smith's photos and initial report from Bethlehem:  

INITIAL SITE VISIT MARCH 14, 2017 

The nursery school at St. Joseph’s Center is filled with love. The children are happy and learning in a clean and healthy environment. The Center administrator, Sister Ellen, has six teachers who are devoted to the children. We enjoyed joining in the activities, first in each of the age-sorted classrooms and then in the new covered indoor-outdoor playground, which was partially funded by Epworth United Methodist Church through World Hope Corps. After the experience with the children, we met with Sister Ellen to discuss priorities for our visit. Her top priorities are developing the skills of the teachers and addressing financial concerns. We committed to doing three workshops for the teachers using principles of Asses-Base Community Development. Working with Sima Ghawaly, we established a plan for working with some of the “Mothers of Bethelehem” to address the issues − establishing sustainable income, women’s empowerment, and developing parenting skills.

First Training Event

St Joseph’s Center Beit Sahour March 13-18, 2017 There were nine participants in this workshop: six teachers and three Dominican Sisters. The session plan is listed here. The participants identified the following desired outcomes: 1. Develop new methods of teaching, including the use of technology. 2. Develop new way to work with children 3. Open our eves to new experiences 4. Work as a team and be interconnected (a new approach for this community) During the day, the WorldHope Corps team worked on identifying local resources that might be able to assist the Center and/or the Mothers in their community development work. We made contact with the Dalia Association, the Palestinian Working Women Society for Development, YWCA, Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, Aseela Women’s Cooperative in Bethlehem, and YMCA Shepherd’s Field. Several team members met with the Director of YMCA. The YMCA gave us copies of their 2014 report on local women’s resources.

Trip Report submitted by Dr. Doug Smith, WHC board member and team leader for Palestine Project
March 14, 2017

Friday, March 03, 2017

UPDATE ON COMMUNITIES OF SHALOM TRAINING in MALAWI

PRGRAM DIRECTOR DENNIS SINGINI REPORTS SUCCESS OF SHALOM TRAINING IN ASSET BASED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN MZUZU (AND HOPES TO GRADUATE AT LEAST 40 PARTICIPANTS IN OCTOBER, 2017):
ü  Communities of Shalom training resumed on 9th January 2017 with 41 participants, representing: 
ü   Doroba at Kachere shalom Zone and Kachere Shalom Zone, which  runs an Orphan Care Centre.  The group has a registration of 60 orphans and they have a land where they are cultivating corn.
ü  WorldHope Malawi donated 10kg Maize seeds and 4 bags of Fertilizers to help in addressing the challenge of food shortage at the Centre which has been there for a long period of time until some kids dropped because of hunger.
ü  It is expected that the 41 participants will be trained till July end and graduate in October.
ü  This training program currently does not have a sponsor, and thus is in need of basic training materials and supplies, including: flip charts, makers, communication, transportation and refreshments. 
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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

UPDATE ON WATER AND SANITATION PROGRAM IN MALAWI

IN HIS MONTHLY REPORT FOR FEBRUARY, PROGRAM DIRECTOR DENNIS SINGINI REPORTS: 
ü  having problems with transport to Kankholi, Kamphenda, Sinjiliheni and other village areas because the roads are bad due to the rainy season. 
ü  He contacted Mr. Patience Gondwe who works for SMART centre to assist WorldHope Malawi with maintenance of one of the wells in Jenda area.  He then said will go on Tuesday the 14th February to see the well and then to have it repaired by some officials from SMART centre.
P    He also reported to the Board that WHC Mw will be receive some funds for borehole drilling at Kankholi and that WHC Mw should continue praying for more to sponsor village wells.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WorldHope Malawi Opens New Office in Mzuzu

ü  Program Director, Dennis Singini, announced today that World Hope Corps Malawi finally found and rented an office room at K60,000 ($ 83) per month which includes room, water, electricity and security. 
ü  The office is located in Mzuzu in Gwamba Building behind Kawiruwiru house.  
ü  The office has been furnished and the only problem at hand is internet.  
ü  If funds permit, there is a possibility of fixing sky band internet at the office it as soon as possible.
ü Board members appreciated the efforts made by the Program Director to locate the office room, because this will show seriousness [and credibility] to our local partners who always ask where WHC Mw offices are located.
Submitted by Dennis Singini
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Mosquito Net Distribution photos from January 31, 2017

WorldHope Corp's first Anti-Malaria Mosquito Net distribution was completed on January 31, 2017.  



Our first distribution was conducted at Mzuzu prison targeting women prisoners with children. 80 nets were distributed to Mzuzu prison. The Mzimba District Health Office appreciated for the donation because they overlooked women with children in the prisons hence WHC Mw approach to help them cannot be given a blind eye but to appreciate the initiative taken.






Descriptions for captions: 

The DHO representative during the exercise explained the need to care and the need to use the nets.
Mobilized and Ready for Distribution
Mrs Kaluwa, Health Surveillance Assistant (HSA), demonstrating how to hung a mosquito net, care and sleep under the Mosquito net.




 
Mphatso (meaning Gift in English) under 5 years old baby boy getting under the mosquito net ready to practice how to sleep under the net.

 Women prisoners who have children in the hostels practicing hanging the mosquito net

--> Mphatso and his mother sleep under the mosquito net on a mat

--> Marion Tapiwa Phiri Mrs, WHC Mw Board member donates a mosquito net to Mphatso 

Monday, February 06, 2017

Malawi Mission Update on MOSQUITO NETS Distribution

Its the rainy season in northern Malawi, and WorldHope Corps stands ready to distribute at least 1000 mosquito nets in 12 rural villages and one city prison--by request and coordination with the government's District Health Department.   
A total of $10,000 is needed to purchase and distribute 1000 Mosquito Nets in rural villages and prisons in Malaria that were left out in previous “Nothing But Nets” distributions in Malawi.  So far, $8500 has been contributed to WorldHope Corps for this mission, leaving just $1,500 still needed in order to mobilize for a January distribution. Donations of any amount will help!
Dennis Singini, Program Director for WorldHope Malawi, submitted this mission update last week in preparation for project mobilization:
“Since I returned from the USA tour, our team has visited 22 villages across Mzuzu and outside Mzuzu City to assess the need for mosquito nets.  After meeting with the District Health Officer (DHO) in the government office, we agreed to focus on 11 villages which did not receive enough nets during a previous distribution.

NO.
Village in Mzuzu
Village out of Mzuzu
1
Chinganga
Doroba Area
2
chibavi
Dunduzu

3
Mchengautuba
Nkholongo
4
zolozolo
malivenji
5
Masasa
Kaviwale
6
Viyere
Kankholi (140km away from Mzuzu)
7
Area 1b
choma
8
Chiputula
Ekwendeni
9
sonda
msiki
10
Hilltop
msongwe
11
Chithila
Lupaso

The DHO also told us that nets had not been distributed to prisons and boarding schools near Mzuzu.  We agreed to purchase and distribute up to 1,000 nets and began work on a “No More Malaria” mosquito net distribution plan.
We met with the Malaria Project Coordinator to avoid duplication and agreed to distribute our nets first to the Zolozolo community which has over 5,000 residents,  then to Mzuzu Prison with 600 prisoners.  We are targeting only women prisoners with little children, juveniles, and those who are clinically ill in prison. See table below for details.
No.
Area of distribution
No. expected to receive nets
% of community
1
Zolozolo
600 families
12 %
    2
Mzuzu Prison
40
  6.6%

Total
640
18.6 % 


In addition to the above communities, the DHO will assign us two more villages outside Mzuzu City to distribute the nets.  This will increase our total distribution to 1,000 mosquito nets in rural villages and prisons.
To fulfill this assignment, WorldHope Corps requires $6,500 to buy 1,000 nets and approximately $3,500 to transport, deliver and direct the program, for a total of $10,000.

Dennis Singini, Program Manager, WorldHope Corps Malawi