ABOUT THE COUNTRY
Malawi, a landlocked country on the southeastern side of Africa, has been ravaged by HIV/AIDS. Due to the epidemic, nearly half of the population is under 15 years old. A large amount of these adolescents have been orphaned, resigned to living in a cycle of poverty without the chance at secondary education.
Although the population is young, the country is one of the most densely populated, yet least developed, in the world. A more developed infrastructure, including better access to fuel and water, transportation options, and more reliable power would be extremely beneficial. Currently, there is no market economy; the majority of people live in very rural areas and are dependent on an agricultural economy.
VisionTrust’s first project in Malawi was launched in 2012 to care for and spiritually nurture orphans and vulnerable children in the remote village of Katsekera. The children are currently in preschool through 1st grade and gather five days a week at the one-room Learning Center for tutoring, discipleship, nutritious meals and healthcare. Typically without food at home, the children receive three meals a day, consisting of corn porridge, soy, peanut butter, fish, rice, vegetables, and hard-boiled eggs. Soy bean, corn, and potato crops are grown by local women who are guardians to some of the children we serve. These crops are used to feed the children at the Learning Center and financially assist the women guardians.
Meet the Kids
MEET OUR LOCAL HERO
Evance joined the VisionTrust team in 2013 as the Assistant to the Country Director, then became the Program Leader at VisionTrust Malawi – Katsekera in 2016. Evance sees this job as a calling. Seeing the children cared for gives him motivation to serve each day, and as he works with the kids and sees the changes in their lives, he sees the glory of God.