The Story of MaondE Community
Jonathan recognised that the community of Maonde faced many challenges and difficulties which created many hurdles. In 2008, Pastor Jonathan saw the need to support his community by serving the large number of vulnerable children. Maonde suffers from many challenges including HIV/AIDS, which is widespread and growing. Jonathan gathered community members around him to answer the call that God gave him to help the vulnerable in his community.
Children currently supported: 150
Number of Care Workers: 19
Coordinator Name: MARTIN PHILI
Distance from DEDZA Local Office: 30 KM
Basic Services Started: 2013
In 2011, Jonathan met Hands at Work in Africa. Together, 7 local churches were challenged and encouraged to care for their community. Chisomo Community Based Organization (CBO) was born. Hands at Work provided training for Chisomo CBO volunteers and assisted them in building up the CBO. While the work began with a handful of people, there are now 19 volunteers who are trained in serving the most vulnerable children in their community. Chisomo CBO provides an afterschool programme to assist children with their homework. This gives the children a safe place to come to each day, plus the emotional and spiritual support they need. Chisomo Care Workers also regularly visit each child in their homes.
Chisomo CBO began to provide the 3 Essential Services of basic health care, education and food to 50 children in January 2013. In 2015, this number increased to 150 children.
The Maonde Care Workers have recently completed their first Income Generating Activity (IGA). This was a great success and encouragement to the team, especially as the severe drought has taken hold of most crops throughout Malawi. The Care Workers grew 2 acres of maize, watered by hand, which produced approximately 60 bags of maize. The profits made from the sales of the bags will be shared between the Care Workers and used to support their families.
For a number of years, the Maonde Life Centre was located in a government structure that was previously used for cows. At the end of 2017, Maonde CBO was given a piece of land to call their own. With the land they were given, the Care Workers took responsibility and began to plan and build a temporary structure. Members of the community provided support in clearing the land and supplying material to build a temporary shade structure for the children to eat under.
Kausiwa* (8), lives with her mother Mercy. Following the death of her father last year, Mercy struggles to provide for Kausiwa and her brother. Kausiwa was born with a speech impediment, and struggles to communicate. In April 2015, Sherita a local Care Worker came alongside Mercy to help her care for her children. Through the support and encouragement of Sherita, Kausiwa began school for the first time in September. Mercy, is grateful for her new friends and for the hope of a future for her children.
The Hands at Work office in Dedza currently supports four Community Based Organisations, which exist to care for the most vulnerable in their communities. The office provides training, networking, and encouragement to those Community Based Organisations like Chisomo. It also gives administrative support, including helping with funding proposals, monitoring and evaluation, bookkeeping and reporting to donors.