The Coronavirus is exacting a toll on Mwandi as well as the rest of the world. Although we have enough money to finish the water project it is now in limbo as work crews cannot be assembled to finish the work. All that remains is to lift the tanks onto the elevated support structures and connect the piping and the UV water sterilizer. All water to the Simba (guest) House is now potable. The Global Giving fund raising effort has been terminated and will be replaced in the fall with another campaign, probably to expand the solar power capability.
Lawrence reported that Solar Solutions has reopened on a reduced scale and that the cost of solar panels has been reduced somewhat. All good news. Ida has been writing grant requests for connecting the piping, completing the perimeter fence, and for medicine for all UCZ hospitals. After getting comments from the American Partners regarding the proposed upgrade, the plans and comments were returned to the architect who will revise the plans accordingly. It’s hard to believe, but the Mwandi Hospital is the only UCZ hospital that can perform cesarean sections now as they are the only hospital with sutures.
The scheduled trip to Mwandi, which was canceled because of the pandemic, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 9, 2021 through Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
The Formula For Life™ (FFL) necklace project has been a mission of First Presbyterian Church, Aiken, since 2009! Catherine Vandegrift started the project after visiting Mwandi, Zambia, in late 2008. She saw there was a severe need for infant formula to feed new-born babies who are born HIV-negative to mothers who were HIV-positive. Even at age 96, Catherine continues to be the heart, soul, and inspiration for everyone associated with Formula for Life™. We have sold over $271,000 worth of necklaces and other items so far. Our Zambia mission partner, Ida Waddell, buys the infant formula and manages its distribution. Ida reports that this project has saved the lives of over 500 babies.
You can help by making necklaces and tote bags. We’ll provide training and all the supplies you need. You can also help by selling necklaces and tote bags and by giving them as gifts.
Honduras Agape Foundation (HAF) manifests the love of Jesus Christ to the people of Honduras by providing medical and dental health care; education assistance; construction; and support for the community of believers.
For more information about Honduras Agape Foundation and its various programs, or if you have an interest in supporting areas of greatest need, please contact Tom Britt.