As founder and chief executive officer of WorldHope Corps, I
focus on fundraising, administration, and communications. As a volunteer corps
of “believers without borders”, WorldHope Corps offers technical, relational
and financial support as well as professional training, consultation and
project development in Malawi, Uganda and the USA in a spirit of mutual
exchange and “reverse mission”—which means we gain much more than we offer from
those we seek to help as we work together for community transformation.
What follows is
an update for Malawi programs and project at the end of the third quarter of
Malawi Registered: After ten years
of functioning in Malawi as an international NGO, WHC Malawi was officially
registered as a local NGO this year under the able leadership of Dennis Singini, Program Director
and Country Representative. Rev. John
Culp, Dr. Doug Smith, Dr. Caroline Njuki, Michele Robbins, Rebecca Laird, and
others visited Malawi over the last two years to offer relational support and
technical assistance to Dennis and his new board.
mitigation: Congratulations are in
order to Dennis Singini and his team for good work in HIV/AIDS education and
mitigation over many years. Last year
WHC Malawi submitted a major proposal and received a $25K grant from United
Methodist Global Ministries Abundant Health HIV/AIDS Fund to prevent
mother-to-child transmission in Malawi! This
is WorldHope Corps’ second HIV mitigation grant; the first being from United
Methodist Global AIDS Fund for $20,000 in 2010 to implement a church-based
community AIDS prevention and counseling program in Mzuzu, Malawi.
|Dr. Doug Smith with HIV Training team in Mzuzu|
The new program grant is being administered well by Dennis with
assistance from Dr. Doug Smith, and already is bearing much fruit in terms of
stigma reduction and community health. For example, in May, Dennis and this
team organized a young adult leadership-training event for 22 participating
—mothers and youth leaders—at our Hope House in Mzuzu. Dr. Smith, Secretary of the Board, joined
Dennis in Malawi to assist in training young mothers and youth in HIV/AIDS
prevention, stigma reduction, health education and peer counseling. These individuals returned to their respective
communities to train others how to fight HIV and prevent mother-to-child
transmission. “If we leave the youth behind, the nation is in peril,” says
Pastor Dennis Singini, Program Director of WorldHope Corps Malawi.
Scholarships: Since 2008, WorldHope Corps
has found scholarships to help boys and girls stay in Secondary School in
Mzuzu. We have sponsoredover 40
youth at risk for dropping out by helping to pay their school fees. First
through individual sponsors and later through rents collected from the Hope
Scholarship House we built. While our youth
scholarship program continues this year, we do not have enough funds to support
all hopeful applicants otherwise may have to drop out of school for lack of
family finances (Its cost students approximately $250 per term for tuition,
school uniform, books and supplies).The next school year begins in January, and we need sponsors
for 4-6 more students to stay in school.
Schoolwas started ten years ago through Mzuzu UMC in partnership with
WorldHope Corps. When our team was there
last Sept, it was in danger of closing. We were able to rescue it and include
its support through undesignated funds through the end of 2018. But now there are insufficient funds to
continue our support of Hope Tailoring School without a new sponsor. If interested, please contact Dr. Michael
Christensen, Ex. Director of WorldHope Corps.
Village Wells: Since 2008, WorldHope Corps has drilled 66 deep-water
village wells in partnership with assessed communities in greatest need. We
drilled Borehole #67 earlier this year in Malawi –in Kaunda Village near Njuyu–sponsored by
Clarissa Holland and her family! And Borehole #68 currently is underway in
Thukutu Village—thanks to an anonymous donor.
Thukutu Community Development Project:Two or so years ago we helped provide food
aid and nutrition training in Thukutu. Last year we distributed
anti-malaria mosquito nets to poor and vulnerable families. Last month the Open Door United Methodist
Church in Richmond raised $1250 for a new roof for the village nursery school. Currently, local resources are being
mobilized to build a new and improved community latrine. Before the end
of the year, we will drill a new, long-awaited, and desperately needed village
well in Thukutu—thanks to a generous sponsor.
This community development project will save many young lives at risk
for water borne diseases, according to Pastor Dennis Singini: “Over 1200 people
in Thukutu have been waiting and praying for clean water. I was there last
Saturday when we were fixing the roof on the school, and I drank the only
available water, which was not clear. I got sick, purged for a day, and it’s
the grace of God that I’m okay.
Mobilizing has begun for the new borehole, and its all coming together
No More Malaria: Our 2017-2018 Mosquito Net distribution
project is complete. Over 1000 nets were purchased and distributed, and
community training offered by Dennis and his team on this $10,000 project. Whether
we can take on another round of needed mosquito net distribution during the wet
and rainy season of 2019 will depend on the identification of a new
sponsor. If interested, please contact
Dr. Michael Christensen, Ex. Director of WorldHope Corps.
Loans: In previous years, we
made a total of 4 small business loans to our ministry partners in Malawi and
Uganda, including: $5,000 to build a house, $3,000 to start a poultry business,
$4,000 to buy a farm truck, and $12,000 to install a water filtration project
in a trading center. This year, weare ready to make a several
micro loans to individual and teams through WHC Malawi from our Social Business
Incubation Loan Fund. So far, we have $5,000 in the Fund. We invite others to contribute a gift build
up this social entrepreneurial/social impact incubation fund.