In brief outline form:
- Original breakdown of personal costs for our year of volunteer service here in Malawi: $35,000 (see below). We have capped donations we accepted for our personal expenses traveling to, being in, and returning from Malawi at $20,000
- Donations to date: Close to $50,000! (Thank you all so very much!)
- Donations we’ve passed on to others up to this point: $22,100 (We will continue accepting donations and making donations to individuals and service organizations through the end of this year)
- $5000: Monies that supported the Bike Malawi trip, from the Northern to the Southern tip of Malawi to raise money for the three regions of the African Presbyterian Church (medical supplies for their hospitals in the North, building supplies for the Central region, and Cyclone Freddy relief in the Southern region); and donations to each of these three causes
- $4000: Alinafe Communities of Hope, serving the most vulnerable elderly and disabled, giving emergency food, roof tarps, “Pass On” chickens and goats, help with gardens. This and more upcoming donations will be supporting Alinafe’s goals of becoming financially self-sustaining, beginning with 250 chickens that will provide eggs as nutrition and as a source of revenue.
- $3500: Chisomo (“Grace”), training 13 disabled women and men to sew and make a living by sewing. Donated 13 manual sewing machines for each employee so they can make a greater income that gives them a better foundation upon which to provide for their families and others.
- $3000: School Fees for many exceptional young adults at University and the Seminary
- $2000: Emergency financial support for food, eye-glasses and other miscellaneous needs of individuals
- $1500: Guest House Renovation Project (to provide accommodations and rental income for the Synod of Nkhoma for years to come)
- $1000: Chaplain Frank’s Carpentry Ministry that trains young men in Nkhoma the trade of carpentry, giving them a future beyond subsistence farming and unemployment
- $1000: Meals of hospitality to and with over 125 different Malawians and Expats
- $700: Transport of two 50lb pieces of luggage filled with medical supplies
- $400: two power-point projectors we bought & brought with us for the seminary and sister University
Thank you so very much for your donations!
You would not believe how far $50 or $100 goes in Malawi! (Of course, we can not believe how wide-spread is the extreme poverty and need–it’s everywhere and we can’t possibly change this situation. Nor has the government or the foreign support been able to raise the standard of living and daily wage of 70% of Malawians–the economy is non-existent and is almost exclusively focused on subsistence-living.)
With deepest gratitude, friends, family, churches & kind supporters have donated…
1. What was the breakdown of our expected expenses of $35,000 for our 11 months in Malawi.
- $10,000 – Travel to and return from Malawi
- $7000 — Food and essentials
- $4500 — Rent & Utilities
- $3500 — Tithe to Ministries and Missions within Malawi
- $2500 — Travel within Malawi
- $2000 — Website Server and Support
- $1500 — Travel vaccinations, Visas and fees
- $1500 — Phones & Internet
- $1000 — Donation & Accounting Services
- $500 — Bicycles
- $500 — Supplies and Gifts to Give to Malawian Support Team
- $500 — Contingency Funds (Malaria meds, unknown unexpected expenses)
- Total: $35,000 (But we capped our receipt of donations for expenses to, in and from Malawi at $20,000; all other donations have and will continue to be given to Malawian individuals in need and service organizations that do such vitally important service to elderly and disabled villagers in and around Nkhoma.
For those who would like to send a personal check it can be made out and mailed to:
First Presbyterian Church of Stroudsburg
P.O. Box 966
575 Main Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Memo: Monts Mission