FTN loaded and shipped 42,322 pounds of rice/vegetable meals to Blantyre, Malawi. Partners In Harvest- Iris Africa, our on the ground partners, will insure that the food is distributed to the 5,500 children, 3,000 adults, 1,500 elderly and 1,000 disabled that we help them serve.
September 10, 2011, the 40 foot container arrived at the mission base camp and the distribution will start within two weeks. Hundreds of needy, malnurished adults and children will receive the food.
On August 12, 2011 the 40ft container arrived filled with 34,800 pounds of food and 3,856 pounds of vitamin supplements. FTN continues to provide much needed food and vitamins to over 8,000 impoverished people.
On June 16, 2011, FTN successfully loaded 270,864 MannaPack Rice meals for the Nsanje District. These meals were donated by Feed My Starving Children and are currently in transit.
FTN recently received a letter from David Morrison, Director of Iris Ministries in Blantyre. He writes:
The living conditions in southern Malawi are very challenging for thousands of households. High temperatures and minimal annual rainfalls make it very difficult for subsistent farmers to provide their families with food security. The HIV/AIDs pandemic has left a destructive path of thousands of children without the care and support they need. The elderly are working extremely hard, with very few resources, struggling to survive, yet for the sake of the children, they persevere.
We appreciate your support in joining our efforts to care for some of the most impoverished people. Together, we can make a big difference, saving lives, and providing hope to some of the poorest.
We are committed to developing programs which lead the poor to a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, but as you know, progress in this area is slow. We are excited that our efforts in training local families in better farming methods are starting to bear fruit. However, there is still a long journey before us, and our hearts go out especially to the elderly who are parenting orphans.
On behalf of Iris Ministries and the Beneficiaries, I say “thank you”!
Iris Ministries, Blantyre