IMC Project Updates

June 2016 Children's Feeding Program in Northern Mozambique Update

The Mozambican economy, which was showing great promise a couple of years ago, is now faltering badly. Corruption and incompetence at the highest levels are a major factor; and, while an emerging Mozambican middle class of senior government officials is prospering, statistics indicate the rural 80% of the country’s population is materially worse off today than five years ago!

June 2016 Zimpeto Community Infant Milk and Food Supplement Program Update

INFANT MILK PROGRAM UPDATE:

Meet Marcos. He and his two brothers began receiving regularly from our infant milk assistance program at Iris Zimpeto when their mother was unable to provide for them. They were underweight and needed our help. Now, just turning one, we had the joy of graduating them from the program. They are at a healthy weight and doing great!

June 2016 Zimpeto Widows' Home Update

Vovo Salimina often reminisces about when she lived in Bilene, which is where she came from originally. Bilene is a beautiful coastal town about 2 hours drive from Maputo. Vovo lived there with her husband and children who have all died. She later moved to Maputo (which is how we met her), but she does miss Bilene.

Recently, with the loan of a friend’s car for some weeks, we had the idea to take Vovo for a day visit to Bilene. Dulcilia (Vovo’s caregiver) came with us, along with her 3 girls.

June 2016 Bob & Betty Blanchette Update

"We are in the process of getting ready to return to Mozambique. We have everything in order and will soon be sending away for our visas. It seems that every year we come back home not knowing if we will return to Mozambique but when spring comes along we start planning our return. We are leaving from Detroit on August 15 and will return on December 15.

We will be working in Zimpeto this year and I’m looking forward to training boys again. Betty is also looking forward to working with the girls in the sewing room."

September 2015 Zimpeto Bible School Update

A testimony of the grace of God:

The challenging task of taking over the leadership of the bible school after Pastor Eduardo went to be with the Lord was at hand. It was not an easy task, but God kept encouraging us and blessing all of us as a team.

We were able to manage the little resources we had in order to satisfy the needs; it was challenging due to a lack of teachers. Some of us had to stretch to fill in the gaps, and all teachers were supportive.

September 2015 Southern Malawi Ministry Centre Update

Once again, we wonder at the quiet the day after 24 secondary school students depart for school. Getting them ready was a full-time job for Louise Loten, fellow missionary, for whom we are very grateful. Supplies have been bought. Sponsors have been written. The students have completed their volunteer work assignments - which is their ticket to secondary. We can see many of our students making wise choices and developing strong character. It is a joy to see them rise up.

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September 2015 Zimpeto Community Infant Milk and Food Supplement Program Update

Infant Milk Supplement Story:

Six month old twins Olga and Delfina joined the Milk Program at one month of age, each weighing only 1.85 kg; a weight which is well below the -3Z score according to the WHO, (World Health Organization).

Now, pictured with their mum after collecting their milk, they have moved to a much healthier weight  range.

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September 2015 Zimpeto Child Reintegration Program Update

The Team
After a total revamp in reintegration the complete new team is taking over the area with positive success.
In an attempt to pass responsibility over the national the leader of the team Juliana is learning new writing and computer skills. It is a slow process however she is keen to learn and dedicated. She has good decision making skills concerning the needs of children both entering the centre and being reunited with their families.

September 2015 Northern Mozambique Orphan-Village Projects Update

June 1 is observed as Children’s Day in Mozambique. It’s a special day of celebration throughout the country and especially for us at Iris Ministries. The provincial government kicked off this year’s celebration early with a regional rally at our church building in Mieze. The official slogan and message to youth this year emphasized the importance of marriage as a formal commitment…but also emphasized the importance of waiting until at least 18 years of age to help counter the high prevalence of early teen pregnancies.

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