Pamoza International presently operates in 460 villages in rural Malawi. There are an estimated 45,000 people in our service area and we are serving more than 8,000 of them every year thanks to the support and generosity from people like you. Using a grassroots approach, Pamoza International started operating in Zowe in 2005 then contiguously expanded to the other twenty communities.
Operations will continue expanding contiguously, with a focus on ﬁve main initiatives:
Agriculture and Food Security
Christian Outreach - spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through:
- Family Ministry: improving family life and relationships between married couples.
- Bible Studies: training volunteer community members to lead Bible study groups in their own villages. We currently have over 80 village Bible study groups.
- Children's Ministry: partnering with 21 schools to bring weekly Bible stories and worship songs to students in primary school.
- Prayer Fellowships: holding weekly devotion and prayer times open to community members.
- Household Visits: visiting with individual households to understand their prayer concerns and to assist with their faith journey
- Patient Care: praying and worshiping with patients at our weekly clinics. We also lead teams of volunteers to clean up and serve at other local clinics.
Health Care - improving the physical health of the people through:
- Medical Clinics: running a weekly health clinic to treat diseases.
- Disease Prevention: preventing and controlling the spread of AIDS and other preventable diseases.
- Hygiene and Sanitation: enhancing sanitation in the communities.
- Partnerships and Accountability: partnering with the local government to provide for the health care needs of the community.
Education - preparing children and youth for productive life through:
- School Breakfast Program: running school breakfast programs, currently feeding 2,400 students every school day.
- Community Farms: running school farms to produce corn, soy, beans, and peanuts for school breakfast with the surplus being sold and the income invested into school-improving activities.
- Educational Resources: improving school facilities and providing learning supplies and materials, including solar lighting and school desks.
- Scholarships: providing school fees for students to attend college and high school, which is not free in Malawi.
- Adult Literacy: Running adult functional literacy programs. We recruit and train volunteer teachers to teach literacy and numeracy skills to adults who never learned to read.
Agriculture and Food Security - improving access to food and nutrition through:
- Farmer Training & Education: teaching local farmers effective and sustainable growing strategies such as growing crops by riverbeds during the dry season (dimba farming), making their own fertilizer mix to supplement store bought fertilizer, and diversifying their crops.
- Food Security Program: targeting households who are persistently food insecure and working with them to escape the cycle of hunger.
- Pamoza Farming Institute: modeling successful farming techniques on our 70-acre farm. The goal is to sell produce from the farm to generate revenue to support Pamoza’s programs.
Economic Empowerment - enhance income in the communities:
- Community Businesses: starting community business ventures that generate proﬁt for the community and can be used to meet community needs.
- Micro Business Ventures: supporting individual entrepreneurs, primarily through training and capacity building.
- Village Savings and Loans Groups: facilitating savings groups where members save together and take out loans from the group. The interest from the loan belongs to the group and is shared out at the end of the year. We currently have more than 1,000 participants.
- Pamoza Cooperative engaging community members in growing cash crops and connecting them to markets where they sell their commodities at competitive prices.