Kalulu Village was one of the least developed villages in central Malawi. Stand as One Ministry staff have been actively working in community development programs for the past five years. We have witnessed a slow progressive transformation of people’s hearts and lives.
Every week we serve hundreds of cups of soymilk and soy patties to the children in Kalulu Village. The soy has improved the health of the children, they are more attentive, sick less often, and growing. The youth club makes the soymilk and along with Royson and Isaac, serve the children during their Kids Program. Stand As One is impacting health, growth and development.
Kalulu families make a living working as farmers on their own land and they farm their land to sustain their families. But what we saw early on was that many of these families were using a lot of energy and expense to do the work of farming, with very limited results at the end of the growing season. They did not have enough food in their homes, nor were they making any profit to provide in other ways. So we began a training program using the Foundations for Farming methods. And we have seen the effects of this training on many levels: families, communities, children, spiritual lives, and even the soil have been impacted! Lives are being changed, through farming paired with discipleship.
Village life in Malawi is filled with many challenges affecting community well-being. Royson and Isaac have weekly sessions teaching Biblical truths about love, respect, or kindness, which is now impacting the way that people are treating each other. The children sing and play together and join in with community work. The adults also attend sessions under the mango tree where they learn that it’s better to work together than to be jealous of each other. They have started their own cooperative to benefit each other – impacting their community.