Recent updates from any of the 50 families that are faithfully working with the program are
rewarding and encouraging. Trust in the increased training and in our support is growing as they
realize we are here to stay, we are on their side and we continue to add ways to help them and
their future.
Our training programs at Mitongwe have brought us into the communities of hundreds of people.
Improvements began with enhancing soil health which impacts product health, with composting
clinics being our first priority.
Introducing, and developing a taste for, a varied diet is one aspect of our feeding program.
Donations are enabling our team to expand our soy program to improve the health and well-being
of these children. We have seen happier, more excited and energetic youth who are far more
engaged in learning and play.
In Kalulu our hardworking team consists of Isaac, Royson, John and Jonas. Karen continues to
spearhead the work and lead the team in our myriad of programs, including Foundations for
Farming, crop planning, land management, tree planting and care, kid's ministry and feeding, boy's
club with football and games, and adult Bible study.
Our commitment to replacing the old cooking methods with Fuel Efficient Cookstoves continues. At
Mitongwe there are regular training sessions and our Soccer League involvement has each player
building 3 stoves for families in their community. The instant impact is improved health outcomes
with less smoke inhalation and burns, and improved time management for the women with less
wood to collect.
Starting a new business venture has not been a part of these women's reality until now. But with
their crops thriving they are seeing the chance to expand into ideas that will create some much-
needed income. We have soap-making businesses and crop diversity, including soybeans that can
be sold.

We have the need for a Preschool program for the community around Mitongwe, and are blessed
with a team who are going to make that happen. We will include nutritious meals and training
workshops for the families on topics such as sanitation and recognizing dehydration symptoms,
which will improve health outcomes and proper care for these precious little ones.
2020 brought the chance to send a container to Mitongwe with the help of Compassionate
Resource Warehouse. So it started. An experienced crew on Vancouver Island collected donations,
which we added to, and were able to load supplies for medical work, the preschool, sports teams,
the library, food from Gleaners and more and more. It is inevitable that challenges come up, but
the journey began March 13 and the celebration of unpacking began August 20.
When the community reaches out we have to listen. Dozens of elderly from one village came to
Mitongwe, sharing with us the issues affecting them and their lack of food. We are able to offer
training in Foundations for Farming and support, starting with the Senior Feeding Program to keep
them, and others in the community, healthy as their situations improve. The trust in our guidance,
and gratitude we receive in return, filters down through the families, making this our most
impactful program.
Employment is a big part of what we do. On average we employ 75 people at Mitongwe, the biggest
employer in the region, especially during this Covid year. During the difficult hunger season, we
helped even more families! Deon selected 15 workers each Monday and gave them a week of paid
work, each week selecting a different group. There were then 60 families each month benefiting
from this employment, and from the dignity and purpose they gain as they contribute to such
meaningful work.
Young Warriors Club - Our youth ministry hosts hundreds of youth from our area. They participate
in a mixture of life skills development and educational programs. We work on literacy, world
awareness, care for the environment, spiritual and moral living, a caring community program to
open their eyes to ways to help others, and sports/soccer play and leadership. Any of these, and
we hope ALL, will impact their future.
Soccer continues to be a successful community-building tool, and we see this program, which we
are thrilled to offer with our partnership with Team Up, as also being a character-building tool.
These young people are now coming in contact with coaches, with team dynamics and with
relationships within the teams that give opportunity for life skills to be instilled, remembered and
used as a catalyst to approach life.
This land management system targets total soil health through diverse crops, trees and livestock
co-existing to the benefit of all. To develop this we are plowing fields, digging water swales,
installing solar panels and irrigation, collecting seeds and starting nurseries. This is just the
beginning of a demonstration system that can target food security, the ability for additional cash
crops, and health and well-being throughout the area, truly the way of the future.
Our Mitongwe Woodland Reserve is managed skillfully by Deon with a growing group of able
assistants and staff. The main team is Steven, Enoch, Jeremiah & Hilda, Memory & JD and Emanuel.
We have been involved with Mitongwe for 1 1/2 years now, and are so excited to see this work
expanding and prospering with such amazing people.
Myanmar is engulfed in turmoil, yet Acha continues to faithfully run daily afterschool programs for
the children of the slums in Yangon, demonstrating and teaching God's love. We continue to
provide her with nutritious food to bless them with.
Our supporters are still making an impact at Ebenezer School, and a huge impact in these
sponsored children's lives and future.
This year the pandemic resulted in the need to change our annual fundraiser. Thanks to Mellenger
Interactive Ltd., we launched "Move4Malawi", with over 175 athletes participating on16 teams, in 5
countries. The goal was to inspire donations to 'Move' our programs along by our commitment to
"Move" ourselves in a myriad of ways. So we moved and in the end, $39,955.00 was raised!
2020 has been a year like no other as the effects of the
COVID-19 pandemic have been felt worldwide. However, we
have so much to be thankful for – even in a challenging year
like this. We continue to see God’s hand at work as we push
deeper into HIS plan for this ministry. Our Stand as One
teams in Malawi carried on with as much passion and
determination as ever. And as the year came to an end, we
are making a massive impact transforming lives and
providing hope for communities.
With so many charities having closed, our continued
presence in the Malawian communities is more important
than ever, so thank you for your support in making that
possible. Going forward, we will keep working around the
changing situation with Covid-19, while creating more
resilient communities that are able to transform their own
futures.
So, on behalf of the Stand as One Board and our Malawi
Teams we thank you for your continued commitment and
support.
Dan and Irene Schat