April 2008: Update to the Global Board (Malawi)

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Below is a table outlining the detailed achievements that took place in each epicenter during the period October 2007-March 2008. This report was submitted to the Global Board of Directors in preparation for the April 2008 meeting. The report refers to the four phases of the Epicenter Strategy. Learn more about the phases of the Epicenter Strategy and how it works.

Jali Epicenter

Start Year: 1999

Phase: 3

Major Accomplishments

  • The epicenter community food bank sold a total of 26.6 metric tons of maize grain, and it earned a total of K622,750.00 from the sales bringing the food bank savings to a total of K1,482,077.11. Out of this money, the food bank issued rice production loans totaling K200,000.00 to a total of 50 partners, and it also used K768,120.00 to issue loans for maize farm inputs. There is now a total balance of K542,732.57. There is now a total balance of 51 bags (each weighing 50 kgs) in the food bank. New stock of maize grain will start coming into the food bank next quarter.
  • A total of 258 partners (240 women and 18 men) attended Adult Literacy Program (ALP) classes in the 29 functional classes.
  • A total of 42 nursery school children (29 girls and 13 boys) attended classes at the epicenter nursery school and were fed porridge everyday.
  • A total of 495 people (325 women and 170 men) were treated as outpatients and a total of 399 children under age five were vaccinated at the epicenter dispensary.
  • A total of 210 tree seedlings were planted in the boundaries of the epicenter area.
  • 10 boreholes, which were drilled by The Hunger Project-Malawi between 2002 and 2006, continued to provide safe drinking water to about 1,500 households.
  • A total of 261 people (168 women and 93 men) used Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) services and 69 people (40 men and 29 women) underwent monitoring and evaluation training.

Mpingo Epicenter

Start Year: 2003

Phase: 2

Major Accomplishments

  • The epicenter community food bank sold a total of 11.1 metric tons of maize grain and it realized a total of K221,540.00 from the sales, bringing the food bank savings to a total of K309,060.00. Out of this money, the food bank used a total of K200,000.00 to issue loans for maize farm inputs. There is now a total balance of K105,930.01. There are now a total of 14 bags (each weighing 50 kgs) in the food bank. A new stock of maize grain will start coming into the food bank next quarter.
  • A total of 81 partners (75 women and 6 men) attended ALP classes in the ten functional classes.
  • A total of 33 nursery school children (24 girls and 9 boys) attended classes at the epicenter nursery school and were provided with porridge everyday they came for classes. The school has a total savings of K11,100.00.
  • The one borehole drilled by The Hunger Project-Malawi in 2004 at the epicenter continued to provide safe drinking water to about 200 households.
  • A total of 330 people (173 women and 157 men) used VCT services and 37 people (20 men and 17 women) underwent monitoring and evaluation training.
  • A group of People Living Positively with HIV/AIDs (PLWA) was established with a total membership of 22 people.
  • A total of 94 tree seedlings were planted around the epicenter land boundary.

Nsondole Epicenter

Start Year: 2003

Phase: 4

Major Accomplishments

  • The epicenter community food bank sold a total of 25 metric tons of maize grain and it earned a total of K548,909.00 from the sales bringing the food bank savings to a total of K1,217,340.87. Out of this money, the food bank issued rice production loans totaling K184,000.00 to a total of 50 partners, and it also used K950,000.00 to issue loans for maize farm inputs. There is now a total balance of 44 bags (each weighing 50 kgs) in the food bank. A new stock of maize grain will start coming into the food bank next quarter.
  • A total of 76 partners (74 women and 2 men) attended ALP classes in the five functional classes. A total of 30 nursery school children (22 girls and 8 boys) attended classes at the epicenter nursery school and were provided with porridge everyday they came for classes. The school has a total savings of K2,215.00.
  • A total of 434 people (234 men and 200 women) were treated as outpatients and 189 children under age five were vaccinated at the epicenter dispensary.
  • Rehabilitation of the piped water system had reached a total of 24 villages out of the targeted 30 villages by the end of the quarter.
  • A total of 100 tree seedlings were planted around the epicenter boundaries.
  • A total of 148 people (74 men and 74 women) used VCT services and 64 people (32 men and 32 women) underwent monitoring and evaluation trainings.

Nchalo Epicenter

Start Year: 1999

Phase: 3

Major Accomplishments

  • The epicenter community food bank sold a total of 33 metric tons of maize grain and it realized a total of K513,350.00 from the sales bringing the food bank savings to a total of K1,028,797.15. There is now a total balance of 50 bags (each weighing 50 kgs) in the food bank.
  • The irrigation schemes of Chimbiya enabled 16 acres and the epicenter (4-acres) to be planted with rice which will be harvested in May 2008.
  • A total of 203 partners (194 women and 9 men) attended ALP classes in the 16 functional classes. A total of 41 nursery school children (21 girls and 20 boys) attended classes at the epicenter nursery school and were provided with porridge every day they came for classes. The school has a total savings of K7,433.22.
  • A total of 60 children (33 girls and 27 boys) were safely delivered through assistance from the 12 Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs).
  • A total of 24 people (13 men and 11 women) were treated as outpatients and 144 children under age five were vaccinated and 217 women received Family Planning Services at the epicenter dispensary.
  • The three boreholes drilled by The Hunger Project-Malawi between 2000 and 2006 continued to provide safe drinking water to about 500 households.
  • A total of 478 people (268 men and 210 women) used VCT services and 57 people (29 men and 28 women) underwent monitoring and evaluation training. The group of PLWA was right-sized to 37 people (29 men and 8 women) following the Government of Malawi’s newly set procedures.
  • A total of 105 tree seedlings were planted in the boundaries of the epicenter area.

Ligowe Epicenter

Start Year: 2005

Phase: 3

Major Accomplishments

  • The epicenter community food bank sold all the 26 metric tons of maize grain and it realized a total of K671,390.41 from the sales bringing the food bank savings to a total of K681,860.41. Out of this money, the food bank used K226,195.41 to issue loans for maize farm inputs. A new stock of maize grain will start coming into the food bank next quarter.
  • A total of 48 nursery school going children (28 girls and 20 boys) attended classes at the epicenter nursery school and were provided with porridge every day they came for classes. The school has a total savings of K7,782.00. The two teachers of the school underwent a 12-day training organized and financed by UNICEF through the Government of Malawi.
  • A total of 193 adult learners (172 women and 21 men) attended 11 functional adult literacy classes.
  • Negotiations are still underway with the government to open Ligowe Epicenter dispensary.
  • Eight boreholes drilled by The Hunger Project-Malawi between 2006 to 2007 continued to provide safe drinking water to about 2,200 households.
  • A total of 121 people (89 women and 32 men) participated in three VCAs conducted in the epicenter.
  • A total of 376 people (213 women and 163 men) used VCT services.
  • A total of 92 trees were planted in the boundaries of the epicenter area.

Mwaiwagwa Epicenter

Start Year: 2007

Phase: 2

Major Accomplishments

  • The first season of loans for maize farm inputs went well and we expect a total ofot less than 720 bags of maize to be in the food bank when our partners harvest their maize. Food bank construction is currently underway and will be completed in quarter two.
  • One pig farmer received three pigs (two female and one male) on loan. This farmer will repay six pigs to another two farmers who shall repay 12 pigs to another set of four farmers. This scheme is called “pass an animal to another farmer scheme."
  • Title deeds for the area were approved by the government, and construction of the epicenter commenced. Construction is now at slab level. Construction also includes nurses' quarters.
  • A total of 100 seedlings were planted in the boundary of the epicenter area.
  • Instructors for ten adult literacy classes were identified and they will be trained next quarter to commence Adult Literacy Classes.
  • A total of 3,209 people participated in the four VCAs conducted in the area. A total of 81 people (41 women and 40 men) underwent monitoring and evaluation training.

*Note: Some epicenters' phases have been revised since the October 2007 report based on the epicenter's evolution.

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