On April 20, 2019 the Prepare For Change Council sent a team to visit the Nova Gaia Orphanage in Malawi in order to complete a detailed assessment that would allow us to develop a future budget and overall support plan. The team was a gracious and dedicated husband and wife who work with a charitable organization in another part of the region. Acting as unbiased observers, the assessment team provided an objective perspective on the immediate needs and general status of the orphanage. With the information they gathered, we are now able to establish a suitable and prioritized plan and fundraising effort to help this desperate part of the world. First on our list: build a new website so we can get the word out.
The new website is NovaGaiaFoundation.org and is created as with the purpose of providing support and resources to humanitarian projects around the world. We intend to become an open sourced collaborator and reference point for sharing information, funding options, and management planning assistance to all things humanitarian. As Prepare For Change’s initial and primary charity, the Malawi Orphanage will be the first project highlighted on this new website. You may see the full site assessment report at NovaGaiaFoundation.org under the “Orphanage” tab by clicking here: Nova Gaia Orphanage – Malawi. It describes the plight of the Malawi Orphanage in greater detail and raw truth.
As always, our community can donate to the orphanage through PayPal. The following link goes into that fund.
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Following is a short summary of the assessment as provided by our team of assessors.
Chikwawa Village is in the South Eastern part of Malawi in Africa. It straddles the western borders of Tanzania and Mozambique, which are coastal nations along the Eastern seaboard. The country is the 6th poorest in the world according to the CIA database.
Roads were rutted but they were able to travel there from their town which was a few hours away. The orphanage is in a community of about 2,000 people that is one of a few small villages in the area.
In early April 2019 Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwae. Luckily, Nova Gaia Orphanage is located on high ground. It is difficult to get resources to the “House of Hope” and the cyclone only made matters worse.
Food, Agriculture, Livestock
Due to the recent floods 90% of the crops were wiped out. The orphanage therefore needs to purchase even more food for storage this year. Transporting food to the village itself is already quite a challenge.
The orphanage maintains livestock such as guinea fowl and chickens. There are several goats and a rabbit pen. A storeroom keeps purchased grains dry.
Regular meals consist of rice, beans and a starchy root vegetables similar to potatoes called cassava. Along with doughy bread called fu fu.
The facility has three major structures, one for housing boys, one for housing girls, and a church building. The dormitories were only meant to house about 300. We are now caring for over 500 children so they are very crowded with many children sleeping on the floor.
The sanitation conditions are acceptable (by their standards). Our leaders there hope to improve the structures and acquire beds (mats), and an updated infrastructure for the toilet and bathroom facilities.
Better structures would automatically improve the state of hygiene. One of their most immediate needs is a proper means of transportation, such as a truck and/or a bus. This would assist in transporting supplies and goods from larger neighboring towns. Their village has no shops or stores. They also need to build several larger dorms, an extra fully equipped kitchen and several bathroom shelters with proper showers.
The children go to distant government schools for primary and secondary school education. Approximately 130 children are old enough to be attending secondary school.
Although there are hundreds of school aged children, they are taught with only a handful of textbooks as the school cannot afford books for each student.
Apostles Church was founded at the orphanage. It recognizes all denominations as a Christian church.
Daily morning devotions help to instill faith in the children. A church hall made out of reeds is their meeting space.
The church is led by a bishop and several pastors.
Regarding electricity, currently they are lighting and charging phones using one solar panel. A small transformer is located about a kilometer outside of the orphanage but it is too small to be of much service to the orphanage. Investing in solar power would make a huge difference there.
The water is clean but quite saline. It’s only real purpose is for washing, not drinking. A well was provided by funds, but its location was not optimum. The next well at the village would need to be located at a clean water source. This is possible but needs the right surveying technology to facilitate.
Needs for Donations
Based on the results of our assessment, Nova Gaia Orphanage – Malawi has several primary and immediate needs. They are as follows: Food, Dormitories, Vehicle, School Fees, Textbooks, Medical Care, and Apostle’s Church (what is needed?). Learn more about these specific needs here: Nova Gaia Orphanage – Needs
The full assessment report was several pages long. Sarah and Aubrey, our wife and husband assessment team followed up their visit via teleconference call with the Prepare For Change council members and the Humanitarian Project team. As it has been a years long vision to get a “first-hand” and on the ground visible site report with our Malawi friends, the entire Prepare For Change team was greatly inspired and motivated to continue our work. We give many blessings and thanks to our wonderful assessment team for performing their tasks to the fullest.
Please contribute a monthly or recurring donation, if you can, to support our cause and aid us in continuing with our vital mission. You can easily donate in a variety of ways via our website by clicking here Prepareforchange.net/donations or directly using PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also send us checks or money orders via snail mail to: Prepare For Change Foundation address: 1441 Huntington Drive. #1110 South Pasadena, CA USA 91030. Being a 501(c)(3) charity your donations are 100% tax deductible.
How It All Began
Prepare For Change began their involvement with our Malawi Orphanage thanks to our oldest Prepare For Change Los Angeles Event Support Group member, Cashimir Milosh. Our beloved late friend Cashimir presented the plight of the people to us during our early meetings and thus garnered initial support and donations. Mr. Milosh was a missioner in Malawi during the 80’s & 90’s.
In 2015 Prepare For Change started communicating with two gentlemen in Malawi, Africa who were in charge of an orphanage founded decades ago by Milosh and his late wife (who unfortunately had died of Malaria in Malawi during their mission period) while they were caring for and supporting over 400 orphaned children. A severe drought hit while they were there which caused widespread starvation and challenging many. Help was desperately needed as the orphanage could not take any more orphan children and the ongoing newly arriving orphans were now being left outside to fend for themselves. The situation turned critical and Prepare For Change was able to forward them a small amount of funding to get them some immediate relief.
With the help of a former orphan from that orphanage who was now assisting as the right hand of the original orphanage chief, we decided to start a whole new orphanage in that area to be able to help the orphans being left out and to tend to those with the most need. This was the start of the “Feed Malawi Project.”
Our relationship has grown such that the Malawi Orphanage is our sole charitable organization and a primary focus of our Humanitarian Projects initiative: Nova Gaia Foundation. The Nova Gaia Orphanage – Malawi, or Malawi Orphanage, is also called “House of Hope” by the locals and has become extremely popular. They continue to grow at the rate of an additional 100 new orphan children every year reaching just over 500 children in 2019.
We have been seeking charitable donations for the Malawi Orphanage via our website ever since and your donations have supported our efforts to forward them a consistent monthly contribution of several thousand dollars. This small amount is saving many lives and is so greatly appreciated. Funds have allowed them a new water well, a kitchen, school supplies and fees, clothing, food, various infrastructure systems – and so much more.
If the Malawi Orphanage Project resonates with you and you know of a way to help – such as how they could be provided with their own vehicle – please reach out! Perhaps you know of a freight shipping service that will deliver bedding, kitchen utensils or clothing? Get creative! All donations are tax deductible.
If you have time to help us coordinate donations, then please consider contacting us. All of our work with the over 500 people of Nova Gaia Orphanage- Malawi is done on a volunteer basis. With our network of awakened and supportive members, we should be able to make it manifest!
Thank you and many blessings.
By The Prepare For Change Council.
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