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Nazarene Compassionate Ministries

2014 Hunger Relief Project for Nazarene Churches

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This year, money raised through Nazarene churches will go to a Nazarene Compassionate Ministries and World Vision partner project in Mozambique. Through our combined efforts, families in the rural areas inside World Vision’s Munhiba and Munquia Area Development Projects will get better access to clean water and learn how to use the food they have available in their communities to provide good nutrition for their children.

Today, 56 percent of people in Munhiba and 65 percent in Munquia do not have access to clean water. Children need clean water to stay healthy. And when they are healthy, their bodies are better able to use the nutrients from the food they eat.

Where we’ve helped in the past

Mzimba, MalawiFood Security Project (2007-2012)

Projects: Seed and fertilizer distributions, crop irrigation, fish farms, and more

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Mzimba Food Security Project Video

Imagine you’re a kid in southern Africa.

You live in a tiny village in the countryside, far from cities and even farther from the African Great Lake your country is named after. Mud walls and a thatch roof enclose the one room that is your family’s entire home.

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About World Vision and NCM

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Following the example of Jesus, NCM partners with local Nazarene congregations around the world to clothe, shelter, feed, heal, educate, and live in solidarity with those who suffer under oppression, injustice, violence, poverty, hunger, and disease. NCM exists in and through the Church of the Nazarene to proclaim the Gospel to all people.

NCM is partnering with World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, giving students the chance to learn about global hunger. The money raised will help fund a joint project to assist children and families in need.

World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine is an Approved Mission Special in the Church of the Nazarene. All funds raised will receive a 10% giving credit.

The challenge

Running alongside one of Africa’s Great Lakes, Malawi is a beautiful country fighting a brutal battle with hunger. Nearly 1 in 10 kids die before reaching their fifth birthday — often because they aren’t getting enough food. Those who survive face an average lifespan of only 57 years. Families trying to get ahead are crippled by continual, crop-destroying droughts, leaving almost three in four people struggling to survive on less than $1.25 a day.

The success

In 2007, 60 percent of the population in Mzimba, Malawi, didn’t have enough to eat in the lean months (December to April). Today, thanks to the combined efforts of NCM, World Vision, and other community and government organizations, 9 out of 10 people have enough food to last the entire year. Their words are filled with gratitude:

“Our children are no longer malnourished, and now we have an income and a future . . . We will never stop praising God for your help. You have given us life.” — Lanson, village chief
“Thank you World Vision, thank you NCM, for bringing this food security project. We are no longer hungry. Kids are going to school. Kids are able to buy school uniforms. Kids are able to eat.” — Song sung by local people to the 2012 Nazarene Study Tour students in Mzimba, Malawi
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The challenge

Running alongside one of Africa’s Great Lakes, Malawi is a beautiful country fighting a brutal battle with hunger. Nearly one in 10 kids die before reaching their fifth birthday — often because they aren’t getting enough food. Those who survive face an average life span of only 57 years. Families trying to get ahead are crippled by continual, crop-destroying droughts, leaving almost three in four people struggling to survive on less than $1.25 a day.

The success

In 2007, 60 percent of the population in Mzimba, Malawi, didn’t have enough to eat in the lean months (December to April). Today, thanks to the combined efforts of NCM, World Vision, and other community and government organizations, nine out of 10 people have enough food to last the entire year. Their words are filled with gratitude:

“Our children are no longer malnourished, and now we have an income and a future . . . . We will never stop praising God for your help. You have given us life.” — Lanson, village chief

“Thank you World Vision, thank you NCM, for bringing this food security project. We are no longer hungry. Kids are going to school. Kids are able to buy school uniforms. Kids are able to eat.” — Song sung by local people to the 2012 Nazarene Study Tour students in Mzimba, Malawi

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Malawi-child

Imagine you’re a kid in southern Africa.

You live in a tiny village in the countryside, far from cities and even farther from the African Great Lake your country is named after. Mud walls and a thatch roof enclose the one room that is your family’s entire home. Mom, Dad, and your siblings all sleep and eat here. Life is hard, but you survive.

Then your dad dies . . . and things fall apart.

Your mom has no way to make any money. She’s terribly worried. How will you eat? You’ll have to depend on the generosity of your neighbors. And school? You’ll have to drop out—it’s too expensive.

All seems lost.

But then something wonderful happens: your mom gets three kinds of seeds to plant, along with training in new ways to farm. This gift also plants hope in your life. Other people in your village are getting the same help, and the community receives one cow they can share for the hard work of plowing the soil.

When harvest time comes, there’s enough food for your whole family. And there’s more: your mom makes enough money selling the extra crops to build your family a brand-new brick home with two rooms. When you go to sleep at night, sheets of iron protect you instead of porous thatch.

Best of all? You’re back in school. You now look forward to a promising future, rather than years of just trying to survive day to day.

The good changes keep coming. The next year your mom again grows more food than your family can eat. She’s able to help other families who are still struggling — so they get the same hand up you did. Plus she buys a dairy cow!

The momentum builds. Your mom opens a small grocery store where she sells milk from your cow, along with soap and other goods your village needs. The change in her is amazing; her joy is contagious. She feeds orphans in the village and even pays to send some of them to school. You are now the neighbor that helps others. The transformation in your life is almost like a fairy tale.

But yours is a true story.

Your mom is Nailes Kanyinji, and you live in Shumbe village in the Mzimba region of northern Malawi. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries and World Vision have partnered to help overcome hunger in your community. And your story is just one of many.

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