1.0 EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
The vision of the education sector in Malawi is to see by 2015 that the quality and excellence in education is achieved in all avenues of learning; Primary and Secondary education assumes gender equality and girls access full basic education; Early childhood care and education is improved and expanded; learning needs of all including vocational skills are met; Adult learning literacy is improved by 50%; All children, particularly the vulnerable girls, orphans, disabled in varied circumstances attain quality, free and compulsory primary education.
The government in response has introduced free primary education that has seen the enrollment increasing by 200% with no new schools built and with only few teachers trained making the teacher to student ratio increase from 1 to 40 to 120 and 1 to 120 classroom to student ratio and with other students learning under the trees.
Most government schools are up to standard 8 with only few secondary schools which are a distance away. Very few students go to secondary schools and many who pass standard 8 National exams but are not selected to go to secondary schools graduate back into the community, tilling the ground in order to plough food. The children who pass from primary to secondary school walk at a distance of approximately 5-8 km to get to the government or community Day secondary school. In Some villages, no secondary school is available until 40 km away from the village.
Malawi Education system is hampered by problems of poor access, high repetition and drop out rates, poor infrastructures, inadequate learning materials and furniture, untrained teachers, overcrowded classrooms, inequality, poverty, pregnancies and early marriages.
1.2 INTERVENTION AREAS:
1.4 SUCCESS STORY: Sponsored students
Most students who were lacking school fees and walking long distances to schools in SOM’s impact areas now receive sponsorship and a community Day Secondary School has been built within a walkable distance.
1.5 PROJECT PLANS
2.0 HIV/AIDS DEPARTMENT
Save Orphans Ministries was formed and exists to empower orphans, Youths and caregivers to meet their spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical needs in order for them to live a productive life in their communities. SOM helps in equipping the orphans, caregivers for home based care patients and the Youths with skills that address the whole life of a person so that in turn they have a normal share and equal opportunities that improve their living in the community.
HIV/AIDS program came into existence in SOM after a baseline survey was conducted in the areas of Songa in Mangochi and Tsangano in Ntcheu Districts. However, before the survey, an incident happened in Songa area whereby a family lost three family members consecutively who were all seriously sick and left six children with an old woman aged 65 weak and helplessly. This incident prompted SOM to conduct the survey and collect the National HIV/AIDS data from Ministry of Health and Population through National Aids Control Programme which is now called National Aids Commission. HIV/AIDS problem has reached devastating proportions; the scale of impact is large and getting worse.
2.2 INTERVENTION AREAS
2.2.1 Home Based Care
2.2.2 Orphan And Vulnerable Children (OVC)
2.2.4 Behavior Change Intervention
2.4 SUCCESS STORY
There was no hope for these children after both their parents died of HIV/AIDS. The young girl did not know what to with her little brother who was also found to be HIV positive. During this time of despair and doom SOM came to their rescue. The little boy is now on ARVs while the girl and her other small relatives are being taken care of by SOM. They all receive nutritious food, clothing and good shelter, all these through SOM’s timely intervention. Glory to God!
2.5 PROJECT PLANS
3.0 INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITIES (IGA)
Save Orphans Ministries (SOM) in its effort to economically empower vulnerable beneficiaries, i.e. Care givers, S.O.M Volunteers introduced the program of Income Generating Activities (IGAs) in the areas of Songa in Mangochi District and Ntcheu district in Tsangano Makwangwala and Pheza areas. The project started in 2001 in Songa area with five groups receiving small loans from Save Orphans Ministries. However, the groups failed to continue the program due to lack of personnel to help them with technical advice and also to coordinate with other organization to get information for the progress of the project. In January 2006 the program started again in Ntcheu District when the office received a visitor (a volunteer) from USA who came to learn how the IGA project was progressing. As of now there are nine groups in Tsangano, five in Makwangwala and six from Songa area who are doing IGA activities in these two Districts.
3.2 INTERVENTION AREAS
3.4 SUCCESS STORY
NKatho village banking club has benefited from this program. Previously, they didn’t know that they can have an opportunity of opening an account with the bank. The IGA program has enabled them to contribute K7500 00 in their group and now with the help from SOM they are in the process of drafting by-laws which will help them to open account with one of the Banks in Ntcheu District.
3.5 PROJECT PLANS
4.0 EVANGELISM DEPARTMENT
Evangelism Department is one of the core departments under Save Orphans Ministries. It started in as early as 1994 before the organization was officially registered. The department aims nourishing the spiritual lives of poor children in word and deed through Kids camps, Christmas camps and evangelistic activities. The department is working in Songa, Mangochi with about 10 kids clubs and Tsangano, in Ntcheu with about 46 kids clubs.
4.2 INTERVENTION AREAS
4.4 SUCCESS STORY
The project has managed to change Justice, who is a double orphan from Kandota area in Ntcheu district, to stop practicing witchcraft through Bible study. Justice is a boy of aged 6. He learned witchcraft from his grandparent. “I am tired of eat human flesh and flying on Lichelo at night”, he declared. The picture shows Justice who has openly denounced practicing witchcraft because of the teaching he received from the kid’s club!
4.5 PROJECT PLANS
5.0 FOOD SECURITY
Save Orphans Ministries incorporated the food security department into its programs in 2002. The driving force behind this development was the needs of the people of Songa, Mangochi which in one way or the other were not being met through Government’s efforts especially in the area of food security. The department has a target group of about 30 villages in Songa impact area. The department aims at empowering the local community, with orphans and caregivers with the necessary knowledge, skill and resources. These skills in turn helps them to produce, process, store, market and utilize what they produce from the fields in order to improve their livelihoods. In addition, the department embarks on emergency interventions such as distribution of food aid and relief food programs in the area.
5.2 INTERVENTION AREAS
5.2.1 Livestock improvement
5.2.3 Irrigation farming
5.2.5 Relief Food Distribution
6.2.6 Community Food Bank
6.2.7 Extension Services
6.2.8 Community Seed Bank
6.2.9 Moringa production
6.2.10 Organic Farming
Advocating and training farmers in organic and conservation farming
6.4 SUCCESS STORY
Mr. A. Tamani is one of the leading livestock farmers and the chairman of Tiyamike Organic Farmers club in Songa. Before SOM implemented the livestock improvement project in Songa, he had 2 small sized local goats, which could not fetch a lot of money when offered on the market. Again, he did not realize good quantity of manure with which to grow his vegetables as an organic farmer. However, when SOM came in with the livestock improvement project, he received one dairy goat breed and one beef breed. When these exotic breeds cross-bred with the local ones, the off-springs improved in meat, manure and milk production, thereby fetching a lot of money on the market. Since the dairy goat is giving him more milk, he is now thinking of learning how to process it and then sell the products to the community. In addition, since he has now ten goats, the quantity of manure realized from the pen has also increased from 0.2 tones to 1 tone per year. His life has changed and is so grateful to SOM for being part of the change in his life and entire family.
6.5 PROJECT PLANS
SOM, through the food security department, intends to reach about 30,000 by 2010.This intention will be achieved through the following plans: