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An Update from Mwandi

by Bruce Eberhard

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.


Click here for more information about Formula for Life™.

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.


Click here to visit the Honduras Agape Foundation website.

Local Mission Opportunities

Thank you for your contributions!

Please leave your contributions for ACTS in the baskets in the narthex wings.


Each month, a new item is requested of each church; items are listed in our weekly updates and on the church app.


Mission: Provides temporary and emergency aid, in the name of Jesus Christ to persons in need in the Aiken, SC area


Opportunities: Receptionist, interviewer, sorting and filling clothing orders, filling food orders, picking-up furniture, working Senior Food distribution, praying for the ministry

ACTS needs volunteers!


ACTS needs volunteers in many areas: which one is right for you?


  • Help customers & cashier in the Resale Store
  • Pick up food and donations
  • Help with special events
  • Provide some refreshments for special events
  • Sort donations
  • Help prepare the newsletter for mailing
  • Be a Senior Food Home Delivery substitute driver
  • Tackle small repair projects


Call 803.649.3800 for more information.

Mission:  Provides quality, affordable housing to partner families in need by binding together volunteers, businesses, local government, professional/social organizations, and churches.


Opportunities: Various tasks associated with construction of houses, services on various committees, various tasks at the ReStore and in the office

Mission: Dedicated to improving the quality of life for impoverished, uninsured residents of Aiken County by providing ongoing healthcare in a professional setting.


Opportunities:  Volunteer pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, physicians,nurses, receptionists, (checking patients in and out, answering phones, ordering/checking medications, and data entry)

Mission:  As a therapeutic childcare center serving 110 children everyday between the ages of 2 and 6, Children's Place works toward the vision of a safe and nurturing environment for every child in Aiken County


Opportunities:  Reading to the children, helping with homework after school, and answering the phone

Mission: Dedicated to meeting the needs of the poor and disadvantaged in our community by first providing basic needs of  food and clothing and then providing education and training in areas needed to secure and retain employment.


Opportunities: Preschool readiness; after school mentoring of children and youth ages 5-18; GED tutoring; and introduction to vocational skills (to name a few).

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224 Barnwell Avenue NW

Aiken, SC  29801