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USPG Partners In Mission Report Autumn 2020
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Thank you for being a Partner In Mission

Welcome to the autumn report for Partners In Mission Anglican Council in Malawi, including the work of the Community Integrated Intervention Programme that focuses on education for girls, management of the environment, protecting livelihoods, HIV and AIDS, and hygiene and sanitation.
 
Despite challenges of their own through closures and reduced funding, our global church partners have been continuing to carry out their mission to support community members living in poverty including those hit hardest by the virus.
 
We are grateful for your prayers and your generous support in making the continuation of their work possible. Thanks to you we have successfully raised £4,200 this year towards our target of £48,000 for the Community Integrated Intervention Programme in Malawi.
 
Please remember to mention Partners In Mission and the church you are supporting when you send your donation to us so that we can ensure the money is allocated properly.
 
Read on to learn more about the work carried out by the Anglican Council in Malawi, and how your support is changing lives.

Transforming Communities in Malawi

Malawi has a population of approximately 18 million; 70.9% live below the poverty line. The country has one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage; one out of every two girls is married before the age of 18. Girls are also less likely to complete their education, which lessens their future opportunities for employment and contributing to their families, the community, and the economy.
 
Malawi’s economy is mainly based on agriculture, with women responsible for most small-scale farming in the country. However, they earn only 79% of what male smallholders earn. They lack access to credit and are less likely to receive fertiliser subsidy coupons than men. With agriculture as the economic focus, the environment faces pressures such as consumption of wood for fuel, poor farming practices, and reduced soil fertility.
 
Since 2015 The Anglican Council of Malawi has been helping vulnerable households in the rural areas of Chintheche, Kayoyo, Samama and Chapananga, to improve their livelihoods and support girls in education. In addition, they have also worked on increasing access to HIV treatment and improving hygiene and sanitation.
 
Work on HIV care and sanitation continues. However, as the Community Integrated Programme has progressed, the focus has been on developing livelihoods and girls' education as these have made the greatest impact on the communities.

Improving Livelihoods

The project has been designed to tackle the root causes of low income which include a lack of business skills, limited access to the market for goods and services, and lack of credit. To increase household income, vulnerable individuals were enabled to form farmers’ groups. The groups are open to men and women, although most of the participants are women from single-headed households.
 
They have received training in business management including how to access markets and manage savings and credit systems. For affordable credit, Village Shared Loan Schemes have been established. Furthermore, they have been trained in modern farming technologies and provided with seeds and fertiliser. This has increased their yield of farm produce and allowed them to sell the surplus.
 
It has changed the lives of women such as Ketrina, helping her and others to secure a livelihood and feed their children.

Ketrina’s Story


Ketrina (not pictured) is 42 years old and lives in Mtongole village in the district of Mangochi. Sadly, she lost her husband and had to look after their five children alone. She struggled to provide for her family and put food on the table. Then her life completely changed when she joined the Community Integrated Intervention Programme.
 
She was supported by staff from the programme to develop a kitchen garden at her home to improve the living standards of her family. She was provided with seeds and having prepared her garden, planted many different types of vegetables. Ketrina had a successful harvest with lots of produce. She kept some for herself and sold the surplus to generate family income.
 
Unlike in previous years, the kitchen garden means that she has food to put on the table. A healthy diet has improved her and her children’s well-being. She is now living happily, enjoying the fruits of her labour and blessings from the Anglican Church.

Supporting Girls in Education

The project aims to confront the cultural tendency to neglect the education of girls which leads to early marriage and early pregnancy. There are also practical challenges girls face such as a lack of uniform, learning materials and sanitary products.
 
Over the past four years, girls have been supported through ‘Girls' Clubs’ that provide a support network for them while they study; the building of girls' toilets so that they have privacy during menstruation, enabling them to attend school when normally they would have had to stay at home; through visits from female role models such as nurses, who successfully completed their education and went on to have a career; and the provision of uniforms, learning materials and sanitary products.
 
The education project has successfully reduced the drop-out rate of girls from primary school from 54% to 19%.  More girls are also enrolling in schools than before. For as well as providing direct benefits to girls, the project is also having a positive impact on the wider community through campaigns which highlight the importance of girls' education and help to change attitudes. In this way, girls like Sarah (pictured) have been able to stay in school and continue their education.

Sarah’s Story


I’m 15 years old and come from Msomba in the Nkhatabay District. I live with my grandmother and my mother and another four children from our wider family.
We have hardship in our daily lives. My mother is elderly, and she works temporarily as a cleaner at Msomba Primary School, but she can’t manage to provide for all the family’s needs.
 
We’ve benefited from the Anglican Church’s programme in many ways. My family has learnt how to make manure, and we have been given fertiliser, maize and vegetable seeds and fruit trees. I’ve had skills training. We were taught to make door mats and simple fabric bags for sale, and how to make reusable sanitary pads. I’ve also received a school uniform and exercise books, pens, and a mathematical set.
 
My life has changed because of all these things. I now regularly attend school and I’m able to attend classes comfortably during my menstruation period. When I finish school, I want to be a teacher so that I can help others. I’d like to thank the Church for the role they’re playing to ensure that girls have an education.”

Highlights

 
  • 1,006 girls have been directly supported with their education through the programme, out of which 854 have received learning materials.
     
  • 7,710 trees have been planted around community small holdings to reduce soil erosion and provide fruit, and 84% of households participated in environmental training and campaigns.
     
  • 4,944 people have had their livelihoods improved through the development of their small holdings. 96% participated in training on business management and are using their acquired skills.
     
  • 88% of participants in the livelihoods programme have had an increase in farm produce and 74% have had an increase in food security.
     
  • Uptake of Voluntary Counselling and Testing services for HIV has increased to 94%, compared to 72% in the first few years of the programme.
 
For more information about the work of the Anglican Council in Malawi, please see the link to the video below.
 
https://vimeo.com/440281105

Covid-19 Response


Along with our other church partners, the Anglican Council of Malawi has experienced challenges running programme activities during the pandemic. However, they continue to be active in their communities despite the devastating social and economic impact. As well as the Community Integrated Intervention Programme, they have been organising support for five mission referral hospitals: St Peters, St Andrews, St Anne’s, St Luke’s, and St Martins in the Dioceses of Northern Malawi.
 
The Church will purchase and deliver Personal Protective Equipment including gowns, aprons, medical face masks, goggles, and biohazard bags and essential drugs for the treatment of Covid-19 to frontline healthcare workers. The project, which is vital to help prevent the spread of the virus, will run from July to December of this year.
 

Prayers


Please remember the below in your prayers:
 
  • Pray for the farmers' groups as they develop their livelihoods through learning new farming methods and business management.
     
  • Give thanks that the Anglican Council of Malawi is supporting girls so that they can complete their education and look forward to a better future.
     
  • Give thanks that the Integrated Intervention Community Programme run by the Church in Malawi is helping many vulnerable households particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Thank you for your continued prayers for the USPG-supported work of the Anglican Council of Malawi.

Fundraising ideas


Firstly, a huge thank you to all of our wonderful supporters for their continued support for USPG. We know that these are challenging times so we’ve come up with a few ideas to help you to continue to raise funds, connect with others and have some fun along the way.

Host a virtual coffee morning or virtual quiz
  • Choose a platform to host your event such as Zoom, Facebook Rooms or Skype.
  • Decide on a date and time and invite your friends and family to your event. You can even set up a JustGiving page for people to donate to. Do get in touch for editable posters!
  • If you’re doing a coffee morning, then why not have a Bake-Off competition at the same time? Ask everyone to bake their favourite treats and then show them off in front of the camera. Why not ask everyone to vote for their favourite.
  • If you’re hosting a quiz, then use your imagination to gather some quiz questions together and create different rounds. For example, choose some famous quotes and ask people who said them, play song clips and ask people to name that tune, or test their geography and ask ‘What country are you in if…’ such as 'What country are you in if you were visiting Angkor Wat?'
  • Decide on an entry fee and then set up a JustGiving page for everyone to pay https://www.justgiving.com/uspg. You could even reach out to some local business to source a fantastic prize for the winning team.
 
Organise a walking fundraiser
  • On 22 September 2020, Rámond, our new Volunteer Co-ordinator, did a sponsored walk called Church-a-thon. In a marathon a person would run 26.2 miles, so for the Church-a-thon Rámond walked 15 miles from his home in Catford, South London,  to St Paul's Cathedral stopping at 26 different churches along the way. At each church he prayed for the intentions that he received from our supporters and also from the wider world and USPG. By doing this Rámond raised £1,140 which will help in continuing USPG's mission worldwide!
  • Whether you choose to walk, run or cycle, sponsored challenges are a great way to enjoy time with others while raising money for USPG. USPG supporter Richard Reade organises his own 20-mile walk in Derby every year. He said, “The fellowship and conversations along the journey make the miles fly by. I’d encourage you to get out there and walk!”.
 
If you need any fundraising support including resources, please do get in touch with our Supporter Care Coordinator at info@uspg.org.uk or call our main line on 020 7921 2200. From more information on the work of USPG to editable posters for your event, we can help you with every step of your fundraising event.

Partner Churches in Britain and Ireland
 

Please find below a list of churches that have kindly chosen to partner with the Anglican Council of Malawi
  • Christ Church, Bath (Diocese of Bath and Wells)
  • All Saints with St Mary, Sawley (Diocese of Derby)
  • St. Patrick’s Church, Dalkey (Diocese of Dublin, Ireland)
  • St Michael The Archangel & Christ The King, Rushall (Diocese of Lichfield)
  • St Mary, The Boltons, West Brompton (Diocese of London)
  • St Mary, Headington (Diocese of Oxford)
  • St Brynach, Dinas Cross (Diocese of St David’s)
  • St Mary's, Wimbledon (Diocese of Southwark)
  • St John the Evangelist, Sleights (Diocese of York)
  • St Mary & St Ethelflaeda, Romsey Abbey (Diocese of Winchester)

If you’d like to be connected to other churches supporting the same church, please get in touch with Gwen Mtambirwa on gwenm@uspg.org.uk

Thank You


On behalf of USPG and the Anglican Church of Malawi, thank you once again for becoming a Partner In Mission. We hope you have enjoyed reading about the life-changing difference that your support makes.  We look forward to contacting you again soon with the next update on the church’s work in Malawi. 
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