GET INVOLVED - GLOBALLY
The soils of Malawi are very depleted in nutrients and farmers are harvesting less and less food from their fields. Changing climate also means unusually heavy rains which flood the fields, or prolonged dry spells where there is no rain and the food crops shrivel. The net effect is that many subsistence farmers have less food for their families. People are hungry for many months of the year.
NCM Canada is working in partnership with NCM Malawi and with Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help farmers learn new and improved methods called “conservation agriculture” that will increase their food yields. Digging planting holes and filling them with compost helps retain moisture and supplies needed nutrients to the plants. Intercropping with legumes and using them as a groundcover between the rows of maize (corn) fixes nitrogen (from the air) and makes it available to maize crops and also provides shade for the soil during droughts.
Farmers clubs are formed in each community where farmers practicing conservation agriculture come together weekly at the church for a Bible study, prayer and discussion of farming issues. Neighbouring farmers notice the increased yields and begin to adopt the methods. Neighbouring villages notice the increased yields and new methods and ask the church to bring conservation agriculture to their village. Whenever conservation agriculture spreads to new community, a church is planted!
ZUKUMA NAZERENE SCHOOL
In a remote area in the north of Malawi is Zukuma Nazarene School. It serves about 400 children and is the only school in the area. NCM Canada in partnership with NCM Malawi is working with the local community and school committee to repair school buildings, build latrines (toilets), supply desks for students and needed school supplies. Two classes were meeting outside, so a new school block was constructed to house these classes and some office space.
Needed yet is a permanent church building on the property that is multi-purpose, providing a chapel area for students, a child development centre to help with after school homework and Bible teaching, additional office space, a sewing room where mothers of students can make school uniforms and other clothing, and a library. Cost for such a building is about $25,000.
Also needed are teachers for the school. There are only 5 teachers for 8 grades. The teachers will come to this remote area if housing is supplied. A teacher’s quarters costs about $8000 per teacher.
The parents of the students are also asking NCM Malawi to bring conservation agriculture to this area.
Cost to train one farmer is $60. Seed for demonstration plot is $30.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
A Child Development Centre (CDC) typically serves 75-100 children and is housed in our Nazarene church buildings for children in the community, particularly the most needy.
Activities are designed to meet the childrens’ physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs. Activities are usually an after-school program that provides additional tutoring and help with homework, cultural and social activities, sports and games, Bible stories and songs and a nutritious snack.
Books $6 each; Teaching supplies $120 ; School supplies per child $25. Sports and play equipment $30; Nutritious snack per child $4.