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 in 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!

 


Meet the Thoulo family.  Abambo is 70 years old, the Mother doesn’t know her age.  They have 5 children, Johan (35), Nduza (28), Lucia (25), Tionenge (23) and Brigitte (16).  Brigitte is living with her parents, plus a nephew Tikomengi as well, the others are married.

Before Foundations for Farming, they didn’t put “high value on their achievements” as the Abambo said.  Now they have new hope.  What they learned and put into practice improved their soil and their harvest. They were able to harvest at least twice as much as the traditional methods. They have learned from that and have already put a blanket on their field.  They will increase the amount of their plot that gets the new treatment.  They would like to be able to buy animals so they will have manure and some income.  They want to fight hard against poverty in their home so they want to continue learning.  They started with the vegetable farming around their house and were very proud to show their work in the picture above.

If you would like to sponsor the Thoulo Family for $30 per month, please go to our DONATE page.


This is the Stephanos Family, Lonard (37) and Napulea (she doesn’t know her age).  They have 3 children, Thokozani (22) who is married with a 1 month old baby, Chimemwe (20) and Thawani (17).  Lonards 12 year old niece, Estina, also lives with them and would love to stay. She is in the above picture with them.

This family has struggled.  With Foundations for Farming they have hope.  They practiced what they learned in a small part of their field, saw the soil fertility improved, and harvested a bag of maize from this small part.  The rest of their field produced nothing due to dry spells.  They will use their new techniques on their whole plot this year.  They would like to improve their home and produce enough food for the whole year.

You also need to know that Napulea was the FIRST woman to complete our literacy program!  There are some more ladies who can read and write, but she was the first and was very faithful at the lessons.

If you would like to sponsor the Stephanos Family for $30 per month, please go to our DONATE page.


This is Katchika Mtilekate (32), his wife Dorien (22) and their young son Matthew, who is 5 years old. This hardworking family has had a taste of business and some success but still can’t manage to produce enough food for the whole year. They have learned they should work for themselves and not lean on handouts. With some of our business training, they started to buy and sell items in town.

They started using manure instead of fertilizer, their harvest improved, and they have grown soybeans as well.  They recently bought 2 baby pigs from their business money and would like to have more animals for the manure, food, and chance for income. They would like to learn more about vegetable farming. The foundations for farming training has given them hope and goals.

If you would like to sponsor the Mtilekate Family for $30 per month, please go to our DONATE page.


Meet our next couple, Abambo Tsoka (41)and Amay Christine (38).

Amay Christine is Abambo’s fourth wife, they have no children yet.  Abambo does have 4 children, ages 5 – 10, from his previous marriages, who live with their mothers or grandmothers. They will make the move to Amay’s village in the next year or 2, but for now, they want to learn as much as possible.

They have seen a difference the compost making and blanketing has made on their soil, and have learned how to grow vegetables. They would like to have animals to have their own manure for their land.

If you would like to sponsor Tsoka’s family for $30 per month, please go to our DONATE page.

 

 

 

 

 


 

This faithful farmer is Amay Emile Karia.  She is 37 years old, divorced for 3 years, and is taking care of her 4 children. Innocent is 14 years old, Brenda is 12, Soulos is 6 and Cortias is 4 years old.  She is doing her best to support her family on her own, but food has always been a problem.  Using manure has been a big change to the piece of land she has used it on.  She doesn’t need to spend money on fertilizer, and crops have improved.  She will incorporate manure into her other plot, however, the soil is very poor and it will take time to improve it fully. She has learned that we should love our neighbour as ourselves and learned about farming in a new and different way. She would like to learn to grow vegetables around her house. She would like to have a better house with iron sheets and a cement floor, as well as be able to send her kids to school, even all the way to university.

To sponsor Amay Karia and her family for $30 per month, please go to our DONATE page.


This is some of Abambo and Amay Zipendo’s family.  Abambo is 46, Amay is 40 something, she doesn’t know her exact age.  They have 3 married children and young Bartomeo, 10 years old, who lives with them.  Their oldest is Manuel, 24, married with one child who is 3 years old.  Violet is 20, also married and has Fanuel, who is 5.  Fanuel lives here with her grandparents. Their daughter Memory (17) is married with a 5 month old child.

Their life was day to day 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 but did share honestly that they were not faithful with the urine program, they know they could improve there.  They have learned the word of God and are encouraged to work harder.  They would like to learn more about loving each other and learn how to grow vegetables.  They realize that improving the manual work they do can change their lives.

This is Bartamao by the kitchen he has built himself, with only verbal instruction from his builder father! He is busy finishing it.

The family has maize until September. They would like to achieve food to last all year, have money to send their children to school and pay the school fees.

To sponsor the Zipendo family for $30 per month please go to our DONATE page.

 


   

Abambo Chipangana and Amay Mary Wilson have 4 children, Valentina (8) not pictured, Ulemeleko (6), Miracle (3) and Zerafat (1 month). As with all in this village they have struggled in the past. The training they have received has really helped them forward, but they want to learn more. This year will be their first crop on their own land.  They hope to fence around their house to have a vegetable garden. Their goals are to achieve a life with more income so they can buy soap, and if possible make improvements on their home with iron sheet roofing and strong bricks.

Chipangana is so thankful for the teaching we have brought to the village, as he sees they are at a privilege over other villages in the area.  He sees that they are improving and learning to rely on themselves instead of aid from others.

To sponsor the Wilson family for $30 per month please go to our DONATE page.

 

 


 

Meet Amay Mwayowawo, a divorced mother of 5 children.  She has been on her own for 5 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.

To sponsor Amay Mwayowawo and her family for $30 per month go to our DONATE page.

 


 

This couple is Abambo Fyton (64) and Amay Maness Kalia (58).  They have 5 married children, two of the couples live with them.  They practiced the Foundations for Farming last year for the first time and are very pleased with their result. Their soil is healthier, they produced more food, and are keen to also learn about vegetables.  They are currently building their own home, as they have been renting, so the completion of their home, with iron sheets is important. Add to that food for the full year and good health, that’s enough for them!  There is nothing else they would like at the moment.

To sponsor the Fyton family for $30 per month go to our DONATE page.


 

This is Robina & Matthew (not pictured) and daughter Alinafe (God with us). They are a hardworking family. Before the Foundations for Farming training, they knew nothing about farming with manure use. Now for the first time, they can see a difference in their harvest! They are also growing soya and selling it as a cash crop. They would love to achieve crop production that would ensure food year round and grow their income.  
They would like to achieve a good house with no leaks, currently, the insects eat holes in their roof and during the rainy season they never have a dry night’s sleep. Robina would like to learn English and in the future become a nurse.

To sponsor Robina and Matthew for $30 per month go to our DONATE page.


Jakim & Efilina Mofat have 8 children, 2 are married. Johan(36) partially blind,  Lonely(19) has a child, Chikumbusto(15) has eye problems, Kambani(13), Abraham(6) and grandchild Hannet(12) live with them. It is not easy to find food. They have always had problems with hunger and illness. They still do, but they know that if they continue being faithful with Foundations for Farming techniques and training they will be able to grow enough food. Jakim was the 1st family to grow lemongrass! Their goal is to have enough food to feed their family.

To sponsor Jakim and Efilina Mofat for $30 per month go to our DONATE page.



Meet Esther. Her husband ran away last February and she has to care for their 3 children; Vincent(13), Haswell(5), and Wesley(1). Before the Foundations for Farming training, they suffered from hunger and illness. Last year Esther participated in the ‘Farming with Manure and Urine’ program and she’s loving the improvement in her garden. She hopes to have enough food to last until January, previously her harvest only lasted until October.

Esther would like to improve her roof with iron-sheets and would love to have food to last the whole year! Just having that and she would be happy!

To sponsor Esther’s family for $30 per month go to our DONATE page.

 


Meet Amay Khudzeni and two of her grandchildren.

Amay’s husband recently returned after working at a farm in Mozambique. They have five married children. Amay is taking care of three of her grandchildren; Ides(6), Alex(4), and Abraham(4) not pictured. The children all come from different families. The children are with their agogo (grandmother) to learn and talk with her. In the past they have suffered from hunger and Agogo had difficulty walking long distances. Through the Foundations for Farming training she grew moringa and using it has strengthened her. She also has improved harvest because of the training.  Amay was surprised at the results of her crops after using urine as part of the fertilizer. She also makes soymilk for her family.

She would like to have more food in her home and education to help raise healthy children. She also wants iron-sheets on her roof.

To sponsor Amay Khudzeni  and her family for $30 per month go to our DONATE page.


 

This is the Billiat family, Lyson 42 & Mercy 32, with their 3 children, Chisomo 9, Alex 6, Lethia 4 and Bezitha (1) (not pictured). They have always faced problems of hunger during parts of the year. Now, because of Foundations for Farming training, they see improvements in their food situation. They are learning to use available manure so they no longer need to spend money on fertilizer. They would love to reach the place where they have food year round, iron sheet roofing on their house, and money to purchase a bed, table & chairs. Lyson is willing to learn and is looking forward to attending more of the training sessions. He also has requested to learn business skills and how to live a Christian life.

To sponsor the Lyson Billiat family for $30 per month go to our DONATE page.


The Chief of Donjo Village is one of our farmers, together with his wife. They aren’t living in the village anymore, but remain as Chief. They have 5 children, two are married.  Living at home with them is Kwanichani, (18) who stopped school after Standard 6, Giliberta (13) who justfinished Standard 6, and Patience who is in Standard 4.

The Chief has seen an improvement after using our Farming techniques.  Before the lessons, he felt his life had “gone astray”. Now his crop is no longer empty maize sticks. He also likes learning with a group, “the bad thoughts are going away”. He hopes to use the methods on a larger portion of his farm.  He would like to buy a cow for income generating, plus admitted with a smile that there was the added bonus of milk and manure. He would like to have money for school fees for his children.

One of the benefits of being the chief is that he does get donations from the village people for the work he does, so the family does have enough food.  He would like to learn more about how to take care of his money though and is interested in our seed program.

If you would like to sponsor The Chief of Donjo Village for $30 per month, please go to our DONATE page.

 

Amay Madria Simeon is managing her household on her own with the help of the children living with her. Her husband went to Salima, a 2 1/2 hour drive away, seven months ago. She has had no contact with him since then.

Her nephew, Ernest Johan, 18, has chosen to live with her, as well as her daughter Veronica 12, her 10-year-old son Lafika, and Regina, 2. It is hard for her to keep up, but it was even more difficult before she took the Foundations for Farming training. She has learned techniques and truths from the gospel that were never told to her before. This year her harvest was better, but not yet enough to last all year. Food security is her only goal at present because it has not yet been achieved.

Ernest is a faithful boy who is involved in the Teenager Bible Farming Football Club that Royson leads. We hope to add some business training for him so he can learn how to earn money.

To support the Simeon family for $30 per month go to our DONATE page.

 


 

This is the Bokolo family with two of their 3 children, Coletha 9, and Phelesta 4. They have always faced problems of hunger during parts of the year. Now, because of Foundations for Farming training, they see improvements in their food situation. They would love to reach the place where they have food year round, ironsheet roofing on their house, and money for school fees for their children.

They own 1/2 acre of land, not large enough to produce what they need, so they rent another piece. This is not ideal, so they would also like to be able to buy more land.

To support the Bokolo family for $30 per month go to our DONATE page.

 


 

 

 

The Brahim family has 4 married children and 15 grandchildren. They care for 5 of their grandchildren. It is not easy to find food. They have always had problems with hunger. They still do, 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.

To sponsor the Brahim family go to our DONATE page.

 


 

This is Mr. and Mrs. Billiat and their grandson Lojenzo.  The Billiat’s have 6 children and 21 grandchildren.  They are a hardworking family.  Before they came to the village they were managing to provide food the majority of the time through their crops and doing part-time work, but would always experience some lack each year.  Their children were not able to go to school.

They would love to achieve crop production that would ensure food year round.  That would enable them to retire from part-time work as they are growing older.

Lojenzo, who is 20 years old, failed his standard 8 exams, but he would like to finish school and start secondary school.  He hopes for a future with a good home with iron sheet roofing.

If you could sponsor the Billiat family, please go to our DONATE page.

 


 

 

 

 

The Mogan family are another of our faithful farmers.  Here they are with their two children Elise who is 7, and James who is 3.  Before the training came to their village they struggled to even provide enough food.

They are putting the training into practice this year, and they see a difference in their field.  They are looking forward to a good harvest.

They would like to achieve a home where their children are healthy, there is no more hunger, some household goods like a bed, buckets, or plates, and the ability to send their children to school.

The Mogan family can be sponsored for $30 per month by going to our DONATE page.

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