Sponsor Jackson Banda

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Current Grade: 
Aug 04, 2009
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Nsima, Porridge, Tea
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Soccer, Jumping
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Favorite Bible Verse(s): 
John 11:35
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Jackson comes to our COTN family from the village of Mtsiliza, where he lives with his two sisters and two brothers. Their house is made of brick walls with a thatched roof, and they live in very poor conditions. Jackson helps his family at home by carrying water, washing dishes, and washing clothes. He speaks the traditional language of Chichewa with his family, but speaks English at school. Through your sponsorship, he has increased opportunities and hope for his future.

Program Profile

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Partners like you have helped the Mtsiliza Village Partnership Program grow and improve over the years to provide essential care for children in need. Sponsorship provides these children with an education, food, medical care, trauma counseling, and more. Partners have also volunteered to serve the families of Mtsiliza through several projects, helping the community develop and become more self-sustaining.
Initial Assessed Needs:

  1. High rate of HIV/AIDS
  2. High orphan population
  3. Lack of nutrition

Date program launched: 2001
Programs/Services Currently Provided:

  1. Education (through funding and access to COTN's schools)
  2. Feeding center providing nutrition
  3. Evangelism and discipleship
  4. HIV/AIDS testing and awareness
  5. Widows Program
  6. Sports program
  7. Medical care provided by partners
  8. Access to University/Vocational Program
  9. Trauma counseling
  10. Bible studies and summer camps
Program Description: 
The village of Mtsiliza lies inside Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi. It is home to more than 10,000 people, ranging from destitute to middle-class. Much of the population of Mtsiliza is made up of orphaned and destitute children living with families or caregivers who are unable to properly provide for them. Malnutrition, a lack of education, and a lack of medical care are common problems here. Due to the high rate of HIV/AIDS and the toll it has taken on this community, many families are headed by widows, the elderly, and in some cases, children. Christian, Muslim, and tribal religions all co-exist in Mtsiliza. Through the support of partners like you, COTN is able to provide children in Mtsiliza with an education, daily nutrition, and medical care. Partners like you are helping to build a secondary school at our nearby ministry center, and have provided much-needed resources like clothes, shoes, and blankets, as well as Christian discipleship training, HIV/AIDS education and testing, and trauma counseling. Mtsiliza is also home to the COTN Widows Program, where women can learn a trade and earn an income to better support their families. By partnering with sponsors like you, we seek to provide the children of Mtsiliza with the resources and care they need to become well-rounded individuals. By equipping these children and their caregivers with tools for success, they will grow up to create positive change in their community and ultimately their nation.

Population: 17,377,468 (2014 est.)

Life Expectancy: 60 years

Under Age 5 Mortality Rate: 71 deaths per 1,000 live births

People Living with HIV/AIDS: 1.1 million

Orphaned Children: 1.3 million

Secondary School Attendance: Boys—10%, Girls—10%

Population Living on Less Than $1.25 Per Day: 62%

Sources: UNICEF, The World Factbook (2014)