Thursday, December 31, 2009

Year End Appeal

Friends of Mzuzu:

This is a simple, straight-forward, no-fluff, and no apologies appeal for funds to help save the lives of 100 orphaned and vulnerable children in Mzuzu, Malawi, in 2010. 

We are suggesting an individual donation of $100 or an organizational contribution of $500 or more at this time. Your response within the next few days, as well as what you may have already given to date in 2009, will determine what we budget for this new year. 

Please read the posts below for descriptions and updates on WorldHope Corps three core programs in Malawi:

HOPE HOMES for 60 children


HOPE TAILORING Training for 12 women

Plus our Community Development Projects:   20 Village Wells in rural northern Malawi 

You can view a new video clip on WorldHope Corps at this link:

Charitable donations can be made online at our website:

Or a check can be sent directly 
WorldHope Corps, Inc.

11 Ardsleigh Drive
Madison, NJ 07940

Thank you for caring and supporting our work,

Michael J. Christensen, Founder
WorldHope Corps, Inc.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hope Homes Report 2009

Mike Bond of Basking Ridge, NJ. showing Hope Home children in Mzuzu their imags during WorldHope Corps Mission Trip to Malawi in May 2009.

Hope Home Report

We are now caring for over 100 OVC even though only 60 children are registered in the program.  Food provisions were spread over the months since you had graciously warned me to prepare for a hard dry patch.  We, however, made efforts to raise an addtional $158 to suppliment your efforts among us, and we still were able to have three church picnics.

The goal of Hope Hope Program is to help Orphan and Vulnerable Children and Youth survive and realize at least 5 hopes of every child for:


Hope Home Children receive new clothes made by women 
enrolled in Hope Tailoring School which started this year.

Hope Scholarship Report:

All our children and youth year for aid toward school fees, though it will not be easy for us to provide for everyone at once.  We hope to continue supporting 19 students next year, as we did this year.

The Hope Scholarship Program is a noble gateway to
  • Higher learning
  • Good employment
  • Leadership development
  • Encountering God and walking in His company

Hope Tailoring School:

The 9 women in the program have made very attractive progress.  The skirts they are holding in the photo is the third round of skirt making.  Their skills are increasingly getting better at every hairpin turn.  They have grasped the opportunity with soncsuming enthusiasm ready to make the best of it.  Next on the list is making blouses and shirts so that evenutally they are able to sew complete outfits.

Hope Tailoring Program is a good tool to
  • Relieve their broken hopes of illiterate women
  • revitalize and empower the lives of young women
  • Energize them to generate some income 
  • Empower them for productive social and spiritual life
  • Support the Hope Home food program

The challenges of the Hope Tailoring School are as follows:

1. Need for industrial quality sewing machines.  We are forced to make due with 3 inadequate machines for ann incresing number of students.   The type of sewing machines we need are particularly good and unique. They are both manual and electric Singer machines available only in Blantyre--Malawi's commercial and industrial city where we have a major sewing industry in the South.   They are not available here in the North.  They are so durable and best suited to our vision to train hundreds of women including those in rural areas. They are the kind of machines that can be used with or without electricity.  They are so durable that there is very little danger of regular repairs as long as they are properly checked on a regular business. Hence the high cost.  Approximately US $500 each.

2.  Suitable fabric for skirts and blouses is very costly and hard for the school to supply.  We need about US $750 for the next few months.   However, we managed to raise US $285 from the local church to pay for buttons, zippers, pins, stiffeners, elastic, oil, needles and binding. 

3.  Instructor's allowances is very exepensive.  We pray that you may assist us in finding US $1.000 to pay for the instruction between now and May.

Our Annual Budget (and Need) for  Hope Scholorships and Tailoring School for 2010  is as follows:

School Fees for 19 students:    $9,400
Tailoring School for 9 women    6,750
Transport                                     500
Local admin costs                         300

TOTAL:                         US $16,950

Three New Village Wells Completed in 2009

Three New Village Wells Completed in 2009

Summary: Three new village wells were installed in 2009 for a total of ten deep water wells in Malawi since 2007.  These were funded and facilitated by WorldHope Corps in collaboration with Central Church of Africa, Presbyterian, United Methodist Church Mzuzu Circuit, and CitiHope International. Two additional wells have been sponsored for installation in Spring 2010. The next WorldHope Corps assessment trip is scheduled for July 2010 to monitor all sponsored wells and implement a maintenance program for sustainability.  Village wells now in operation and in need of maintenance are listed as follows:

1.      Zowe (3 hours outside of Mzuzu) is a remote preaching point of the Mzuzu United Methodist
Church Circuit, requested by Pastor Copeland Nkhata, senior pastor. Number of users: 1,000.  Project sponsored and funded by Mike Rose, Barry Emen and Chris Grant in July, 2007.  Additionally, one broken down well near Zowe was repaired and restored to full operation.

2.  Mosanto (1 hour outside Mzuzu) is a preaching point of St Andrews Presbyterian Church of Mzuzu, requested by Rev. Levi Nyondo, senior pastor. Number of users:  1,000   Project funded and implemented directly by mission team from Westside Presbyterian Church in Washington State in August, 2007. In Geisha Village, a few miles from Monsanto and near a school, a second well--a ‘merry-go-round’ model--was sponsored by the Westside mission team in September 2007.  Upon inspection by WorldHope Corps in March 2009, it was not in operation due to a breakdown and absence of spare parts.   WorldHope Corps paid for its repair in May 2009 and it is now back in operation. Number of users:  500  

3. Kamphenda I  (Sinjiliheni borehole) After doing the necessary need assessment and documentation, the Church and Society program of the Presbyterian Synod of Livingstonia requested help to provide at least two deep water wells for the neediest of 200 villages in the rural area of Kamphenda.    Number of users:  5,000 (only well in large cluster of villages). Installed in March 2008.  Sponsored by Bob and Diane Noelke of Chatham, NJ,

4. Kamphenda II (Chisungula borehole)  A second village well in Kampenda catchment was installed in March 2008. Number of users:  3,000 (only well in large cluster of villages). Sponsored by Bob and Diane Noelke of Chatham, NJ

5.  Kamphenda III  A third village well in Kampenda was selected and contracted for installation in June 2008.  The borehole was installed in June 2008.   Number of users: 1500.  Sponsored by Mike and Bonnie Rose of Summit, New Jersey.

6.  Kanyama Village  where there had only been a shallow well with unsafe and periodic water. The deep water borehole was installed during the summer of 2008.  Number of users: 1000. Sponsored by Mike and Bonnie Rose of Summit, New Jersey.

7. Euthin is another remote preaching point in the growing Methodist circuit served by Rev. Copeland Nkhata that is so disparately in need of a village well.  Installed in September 2009. Number of users: 2,000.  Sponsored by Mike Bond, Basking Ridge, NJ.

8. Kaviyombo is a Methodist preaching point in the Mzima District of northern Malaw, approximately 3 hours south of Mzuzu.  Requested by Rev. Copeland Nkatha, Senior Pastor. Installed in September 2009. Number of users: 1000.  Sponsored by Avv. Salvatore Talia, Medical Mission International, Rotkreuz, Switzerland.

 9. Kamthuleni  is a small village with a primary school near Chataloma, Kasungu District, in Malawi.  Rev. L.A. Tembo, a retired Presbyterian pastor, is the Village Headman who requested a deep water well near the school.  Installed in September 2009.  Number of users: 700.  Sponsored by John Conroy, Sr., Medical Missions International, Kent, United Kingdom.

Background:  In March 2007, I met 20 village chiefs without a source of fresh water in their villages in the Kamphenda area of northern Malawi.  I promised to do what I could to find sponsors and facilitate the installation of 20 wells.  A total of seven village wells were funded and sponsored in 2007-08.  Three additional wells were installed in 2009.  If 10 more wells are sponsored in 2010, I will have fulfilled my commitment to 20 village chiefs who do not have fresh water in their villages in Malawi.  If interested in how to sponsor the next village well, please contact:

Michael J. Christensen, CEO
WorldHope Corps, Inc.
11 Ardsleigh Drive
Madison, NJ 07940

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Well Worth the Wait

 Photo of Well at Zowe village by Robert Schwaneberg

 Here's what one newspaper reporter had to say about WorldHope Corps village well project in Malawi:

 Photo of Well at Kanyama village by Robert Schwaneberg

Monday, December 07, 2009

Orphanages Help but the Answer

A few of the 60+ HopeHome Program recipients of food aid and educational scholarships sponored by WorldHopeCorps.    Program operated by Mzuzu United Methodist Church and Mzuzu ShalomZone.

As African Orphanages Spread,
Advocates Propose a Better Way the front page of yesterday’s the New York Times, the headline read. The article made a comparison between institutional orphanages, like the one where Madonna adopted a boy, and the extended family approach to orphan care, like the Mzuzu HopeHome orphan care project in Malawi. Researchers reviewing hundreds of studies concluded that “orphanages are not the best solution but are needed when families could not or would not care for children.”  Strongly endorsed were community centers that provide cash and food aid to the poorest families caring for orphaned and vulnerable children who are not their own.  See the online version of the article here:

 INTERNATIONAL / AFRICA   | December 06, 2009
Aid for Relatives Offers Alternative to African Orphanages

Madonna now sponsors the operational budget of the orphanage in Malawi where she adopted her first child.  From all reports, it is doing good work.   WorldHope Corps HopeHome program in Malawi is not an orphanage.   It is a community-based initiative of the Mzuzu Methodist Church, funded in part by the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, to care for at least 60 orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) through an extended family network of informal foster care.  At least 60 out of the 100 OVC in the immediate neighborhood in need of basic care.

Often these children, many orphaned from AIDS, have a surviving parent or siblings or a nearby relative that could take them in and provide basic care if they had a subsidy to buy more food, shoes, and  school fees.  Since 2006, the church has purchased food in bulk and distributed to needy families who are caring for up to a dozen orphans in their households.  But every year, the cost is greater, and additional grants and sponsors are needed to sustain the work,

According to the New York Times article, it costs at least $1500/year for an orphanage to provide nutritious meals, new school uniforms, decent shoes, and an education to one orphan.  “Experts and child advocates maintain that orphanages are expensive and often harm children’s development by separating them from their (extended) families.”  A more cost effective way is with simple allocations of cash through a reliable community center “where orphans who remain with their families can go for food and services.”  This approach enables a family to feed, clothe and educate the additional children in their care.

WorldHope Corps budgets $600/year per child for the basics (food, shelter, shoes, clothes and a blanket) for 60 OVC plus an additional $400/year for secondary school fees when individual sponsors can be found.  This year (2009) we were able to find sponsors for 19 youth—a solid investment in the lives of those who represent the future prosperity of Malawi.

Thus, for $1000/year (less than $100/month) an orphaned or vulnerable child can survive and thrive and get the education he or she needs in order to succeed through the extended family approach to orphan care.  And now, with an increasing number of sponsors and a new economic venture, the work has the potential of becoming sustainable over the long run. 

Watch the YouTube video on this important ministry:   

Next year we hope to care for all 100 OVC who show up at the monthly church ‘picnic’ or feeding program.

Next year (2010), through a $20,000 sustainability grant from United Methodist Committee on Relief, we are committed to starting 3-4 small business intended to generate revenue to help support the Hope Home program.  The first of these economic ventures is a women’s sewing center to making quality dresses, shirts and school uniforms in the city of Mzuzu.  Hope Tailoring School and Center currently has 12 female students in training who will graduate in May.  Proceeds from the sale of items will be donated to the orphan care program they support.

We are still in need of small grants and sponsors for HopeHomes, Hope Scholarships and the new Hope Tailoring School.  In behalf of Rev. Copeland (pastor of Mzuzu UMC and member of the Mzuzu ShalomZone Committee that operates the programs), I urge you during this season of sharing to contribute to the good work.

You can either send check made payable to
WorldHope Corps
11 Ardsleigh Drive
Madison, NJ 07940

Or donate online at
For further information, contact:
Dr. Michael J. Christensen
WorldHope Corps, Inc.