Rewriting Lives – Family Sponsorship $30 per month

Stand as One Ministry is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the world’s poorest people. By becoming a family sponsor, you’ll be joining us in our pledge to provide food, clean water, education, food security, business opportunities, quality seed program – but most of all ‘hope’ for a better future.

By forging a connection with an individual family, you can see the effect your donation is having on the life of the family for yourself. At the same time, our focus is on the community and its long-term development. By working closely with a community, we can help them build the skills and knowledge they need to stand on their own two feet.

You will receive a photograph from the family you choose to sponsor to let you know how your support is bringing hope to their lives.

That means your money is a hand-up, not a handout!

We have 43 farming families in our program, 31 of which are sponsored.

Katsala is a hardworking older man – here he is sewing his trousers.  He is very dedicated to our training and our FfF practices.  Katsala does well and is extremely faithful even though farming is difficult work at his age.  He carries manure on his shoulder to his field- a heavy task but he trusts that God will always help him.  Last season he harvested 3 bags of maize but this does not provide food security for him.  Pray for Katsala to have the energy required to care for his field and crops.

If you could donate $30 per month for Katsala, please go to our DONATE page.

Meet the Zalimba Family. This family of five continues to work hard and benefit from Stand as One training.  Last season they expanded their field and will continue to expand further this coming season.  They have already started working on their field and are quickly improving their skills as they follow the FfF practices.  They have also benefitted by receiving trees from Stand as One.  In addition to the crops and trees, they have chickens and pigs at their house.  They are working hard to support the needs of their family.

If you could sponsor the Zalimba Family for $30 per month, please go to our DONATE page.

The Khudzeni Family of 4 includes their grandchildren.  FfF helped them prepare a compost pile which will be their manure for the coming season.  These determined and hardworking “agogos” are carrying the compost manure by their heads to the field!  They harvested 18 bags of maize but used 8 bags to repay a maize loan they had needed during the hunger season.  They have prepared their land by digging planting stations for the coming season when they will again plant 4 kgs of maize seed. These two diligent grandparents are working hard to improve their family’s future.

If you could sponsor the Khudzeni Family for $30 per month, please go to our DONATE page.

The Zakeyo Family are working hard and experiencing many improvements due to the FfF program.  Their home has improved with an eco toilet provided by Stand as One.  The family has already prepared planting stations so that when the rains come they will be ready for planting.    In the photo you can see the compost pile prepared for the season – they will carry the manure to their field.  The family of 3 will need 12 bags of maize for the year.  Last season they harvested 6 bags so they will likely still experience some food insecurity this year.  They will plan to purchase the additional maize they require. 

If you could sponsor the Zakeyo Family for $30 per month, please go to our DONATE page.

Mr. Scariot is a determined and hardworking older man.  He finds it tough when he needs to carry manure to the field.  Last season, he cultivated 1 kg of maize seed and this season he plans to cultivate 2 kgs using the FfF practices.  He also benefitted by receiving 2 fruit trees from Stand as One.  One is flourishing but sadly the other was found broken when he was not there.  Your sponsorship would help to provide training, seeds and encouragement for this dedicated farmer.  Please pray for the energy required for the farming work required.

If you could sponsor Mr. Scariot for $30 per month, please go to our DONATE page.

The Basani Family are an older couple, pictured here is Mrs. Basani, who is raising four grandchildren in her home.  Katrina is 15, Fred is 12, Jenifa is 9 and the youngest is Hannah.  Last season the family planted 2 kgs of maize and harvested 8 bags.  This “agogo” plans to increase the amount of maize she will plant this season with FfF.  She has about a hectare of land and will farm about half a hectare in FfF practices.  The family also received 4 trees from Stand as One sponsorship. They are currently struggling with one avocado tree which is not doing well.  What a huge responsibility and workload for this lady as her husband is working in Blantyre as a builder. We are hoping for sponsorship and prayers which allow this couple to provide for their family.

If you could sponsor the Basani Family for $30 per month, please go to our DONATE page.

Another great example of dedication and hard work is Madria. She is working hard as one of the faithful farmers in Kalulu village.  Last year she expanded her field and plans to expand further this season.  She is convinced that the FfF practice of putting blanket cover on the fields has increased her crop output.  She also worked on creating a compost pile which is now ready for use.  She will use this on her field along with goat manure.  Madria has also benefitted from planting three trees provided by Stand as One.

If you could sponsor Madria for $30 per month, please go to our DONATE page.

The Brahim family has 4 married children and 15 grandchildren. They care for 5 of their grandchildren. They have always had problems with hunger, but they know that if they continue being faithful with Foundations for Farming techniques and training they will be able to grow enough food.

They want to follow the training and continue to learn more to achieve these goals. They would like to see the opportunity in the future to have a good house and allow their grandchildren to study.

If you could donate $30 per month for the Brahim family, please go to our DONATE page.

Meet Amay Mwayowawo, a divorced mother of 5 children.  She has been on her own for many years. Her son Harrison (20) isn’t going to school but has taken on the responsibility as head of the family. Her other children are in school but are struggling to grasp enough to continue at a normal pace.

Before the Foundations for Farming training, Amay Mwayowawo wasn’t sure what she could do to help her family, but now she knows that her heart is attached to farming to get food for her family. She has seen a difference, wants to learn more, but still needs the basics like fencing to allow her to grow crops without the chickens and goats invading. She would like to learn more business skills to raise money for the school fees for her children and to increase their food production.

If you could donate $30 per month for Amay Mwayiwawo and her family, please go to our DONATE page.

This is some of Abambo and Amay Zipendo’s family.  Abambo is 49, Amay is 40 something, she doesn’t know her exact age.  They have 3 married children and 5 grandchildren, some of whom are often in their care.

They lived a day to day existence, always trying to find food, necessities for the house and daily needs, with no concept of how the future could be any different.  Their training has encouraged them. They have learned to make compost, Abambo is making it in his garden by the small river. They enjoyed the seed program, they have planted lemongrass around their home, which is a mosquito deterrent, plus have added many fruit trees. They have learned the word of God and are encouraged to work harder. They realize that improving the manual work they do can change their lives.

They would like to achieve food to last all year, have money to send their grandchildren to school and pay the school fees.

If you could donate $30 per month for Abambo and Amay Zipendo’s family, please go to our DONATE page.