Mgwayi

Lilongwe, Malawi

The village of Mgwayi is located to the west of the capital city of Lilongwe, right behind and within walking distance of Children of the Nations’ Njewa Mission Center. This community consists of 200 households (3,000+ people). Due to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, 70 percent of the population is under age 25. The majority of women are widowed or divorced and heading up single-parent households. Residents of Mgwayi are members of the Chewa tribe. Traditional spiritual practices are predominant.
 

 

Mgwayi Village Partnership Program Details
Our Village Partnership Program in Mgwayi is a community-based ministry that provides a coming-alongside sort of partnership with the village leaders to provide training, education, spiritual encouragement, and resources empowering them to raise their children and reach their goal of self-sustainability. Working through the local village leadership of Mgwayi, Children of the Nations assesses the unique needs of this village, establishing programs and strategizing to best meet these needs.

Initial Assessed Needs:

  • Lack of medical care (malaria especially high)
  • Malnourished children
  • Little access to school

Date Village Partnership Program launched:

2007

Number of children currently enrolled in program:

252

Programs/Services currently provided:

  • Education (providing funds for school fees, school materials, and school uniforms)
  • Evangelism and Discipleship
  • HIV/AIDS testing and awareness training
  • Medical care (provided through COTN partner, African Bible College Medical Clinic)
  • Provision distribution (such as clothing, blankets, soap)
  • Malnourishment program (as needed)
  • Youth Activities
  • Bible studies and summer camps

 

Future plans for Mgwayi Village Partnership (as funding allows):

  1. Nursery School Block built on the land that was gifted to COTN by the chiefs. This building will also serve as a meeting place for various programs and activities.
  2. Skills Training for the youth so they may contribute to their own families, provide for some of their educational needs, and someday own their own business