Before FVM started work in Taulo, the assessment exercise revealed that there were no programmes to help the development of the children in the area. There were no nursery schools. The assessment also showed that high level of poverty has been one of the contributing factors of not being able to start community based child care centres (CBCC) as the community members lacked basic resources to construct one. FVM started by involving the community members in planning for the development of their community through preschool education and feeding programmes.
In the year 2010, the community molded more than 60,000 bricks to be used for the construction of a nursery school facility. From 13 September, 2010 preschool and feeding programmes started with about 300 children in Taulo Area using the building rehabilitated by FVM. Afterwards, a larger facility was provided by FVM. Today, more than 700 children participate in the preschool and feeding programmes
Education was an important area of focus for the development of the communities in Taulo and Nandolo. FVM has been proactive in providing funds for education for secondary school, college and university. In the space of five years, more than 120 young people have benefitted from such a provision. 13 college students have received scholarships, and to date, two have graduated with diploma and a degree. In 2016, four students are graduating with bachelor’s degrees from University of Malawi, Chancellor College. In 2016, 64 students are pursing education through FVM’s scholarship programmes.
FVM has been engaged in the provision of clean and safe water through the drilling and ongoing maintenance of boreholes (deep wells), and the training of water users committees in borehole maintenance and cleanliness. So far, FVM has provided 13 wells.
Various activities are carried out to impact the souls of mankind. Transformational development, which by definition is holistic in nature, cannot happen without reaching out to the human being with the message of the transforming power of God through Christ Jesus.
There are well established Bible study groups in the communities which are run by the community members themselves. Several local Malawian pastors faithfully contribute their time to these groups.
Over the last 10 years there have been devastating droughts followed by catastrophic cyclones and flash floods. Many in the areas where we work lost their crops, livestock, homes and even their lives. Food security is a constant issue as well as the increase of cholera and other water born diseases.
FVM works with local village committees and our volunteers to distribute food, basic necessities and provide shelter for families in the childcare centre as well as rebuilding a number of homes.