A Project of Hope A Project of Hope

Helping People . . . Changing Lives


Programs

Sustenance 

The primary program operation at present is simply trying to help maintain life and the healthy development of children who are in our care in the midst of what is a very hostile living environment.   The environment of southern Malawi begins with children who have been orphaned or who are at risk for a variety of other possibly tragic situations and circumstances.  Thus, familial life has already been severely challenged in all but the best of homes.

The physical environment includes frequent challenges through hunger and malnutrition, diseases such as malaria, bilharzias, typhoid, yellow fever, encephalitis, cholera, and HIV/AIDS.  There are other calamities as well including rabies, snake bites, poor sanitation, unclean drinking water, and an infection prone environment.  There are both extended droughts and flooding that seem to alternate to each garden grower's chagrin.  And, even staying warm during the winter months (primarily June and July) and dry during the rainy season (from mid-November until the end of winter) are serious and prolonged challenges.

A Project of Hope works with residents of local villages to get food, blankets and medical care to the most in need of those on our roles.  Even when medical care is freely available from government run hospitals, getting these people to those locations is an increasingly costly affair that puts getting needed care outside of the reach of these families.  A Project of Hope provides the difference that is needed, topping up maize supplies, arranging for transportation and buying needed staple items like cooking oil, mosquito nets, and blankets.


Care-giver development

A grant is being pursued that will enable intensified training and development of the care-givers for approximately one hundred orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in the immediate village area receiving primary care from A Project of Hope and the sixty villages between this area and the Mulanje mountain range to the east in which as many as 8,000 -10,000 people live.Care giver & children

Once funding has been secured, this training will focus on care-giver knowledge about sanitation, water and water preparation, local diseases and mechanisms that infections rely upon, and combating environmental hazards (like eliminating standing water locations as these are sites for mosquito reproduction and a place where children contract bilharzias, a devastating parasitic disease that is caused by blood flukes that enter children's bodies through their feet before targeting key organs and bodily systems).  It will also better prepare these caregivers both for dealing with medical emergencies that arise (cholera, snake bites, rabid dog bites) as well as the emotional needs of the orphaned and at risk children for whom they are providing care.