Updates from Hope Village Malawi
We’ve been hearing some inspiring and wonderful stories coming from Hope Village in Malawi! We wanted to share just a couple with you and ask for some assistance to ensure the ongoing quality of care and nurturing for the children at the local children’s home.
HOPE VILLAGE YOUTH CLUB VOLUNTEERS
The older children from the Children’s Home, Enoch, Edson, Mary and sometimes Elliness, have been consistently attending the Hope Village Youth Club, and have been doing great things. Recently the boys, Edson and Enoch, put their names down to join the volunteering program to help the community with acts of kindness, especially those who are frail/weak, sick, disabled, elderly, widowed, or experiencing other difficulties. They heard about an elderly lady living in the village who had her outside toilet (which is typical in Malawi) collapse because of the heavy rains in previous months. They decided to club together to build her a new toilet. They went out to ask any locals if they had any spare bricks or cement that they wouldn’t mind donating to a good cause, many people came forward to donate what they needed, which in itself was a major thing! Thereafter, the boys, with the help of the Youth Club team leaders, all worked together to build the toilet which took them a week to build. The end product was an excellent, strong, new toilet, and the elderly lady was over joyed! She has spread the word of what the Youth Club members are doing for the community and we are receiving more requests for assistance, which Enoch and Edson are keen to be involved in. The Youth Club is testament of how nurturing and guiding youths in the right way and teaching them about Jesus’ many good works, builds a solid foundation in their lives.
Joshua has autism and can display challenging behaviour at times, we are in the process of finding his likes and dislikes and introducing him to new toys and games that may occupy him and assist with his learning. At present, he likes to climb trees which can be dangerous and may get out of control if we don’t put in an intervention plan for him. Recently, Joshua was given a new bicycle, and to our amazement, he got on the bike and started to cycle without stabilizers or much practice. He loves to cycle now and has stopped climbing trees.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
There are still a high number of instances of children in the community being forced into work or marriage when they are too young. Please pray for the parents of these children and for the community as a whole.
Hope Village is also in dire need of new bed sheet sets for the children’s home.