Children's Feeding Program in Northern Mozambique

October 2019 Children's Feeding Program in Northern Mozambique Update

In late-April, a powerful cyclone slammed into the Mozambican coastal city of Pemba where we have been ministering for the past 14 years. This was a completely unexpected event as no cyclone had ever struck Pemba previously.

Cyclone Kenneth dumped an incredible six feet of rain on the area in as many days. Most poor village houses are built at ground level and with no foundation. Depending on location, many houses were damaged or destroyed and all household contents swept away as floodwaters several feet deep flowed through unimpeded.

April 2019 Children's Feeding Program in Northern Mozambique Update

We have been feeding children (and families) in northern Mozambique for more than 12 years through our IMC feeding program. Over that time, we have fed thousands of children tens of thousands of meals! And only God himself knows how many of these young and vulnerable children's lives have been saved as a result!

But we do know about two in particular for sure.

October 2018 Children's Feeding Program in Northern Mozambique Update

A mission’s team from our home church in Summerside, Prince Edward Island visited Iris Pemba early in June and spent most of its time ministering in our two children's centres at Mieze and Noviane and among village children supported through our programs. One of the special activities we had planned well in advance was a chicken meal to be served to the many hundreds of village children who regularly attend our Saturday morning discipleship program in Mieze.

April 2018 Children's Feeding Program In Northern Mozambique Update

One of our most important children's feeding programs is the regular plate of hot beans and rice provided for the 500-plus poor village children who attend the Saturday discipleship program at our Mieze "Village of Love."

In the past, due to the high cost of the beans, these hungry kids have received mostly rice and only a tiny serving of beans. The kids are grateful for the rice because it's something warm and filling in their tummies; but the beans provide the protein, and we haven't been able to offer much of that in the past.

April 2017 Children's Feeding Program in Northern Mozambique Update

As we regularly report, our major on-going food programs in northern Mozambique include regular food distribution to over 150 poor families (including about a thousand children); powdered milk distribution to over 60 mothers and babies; complete food and care for over 80 resident children in Mieze and Noviane; support for another 55 village children through the sponsorship program; and weekly feeding of 600 village children following the Saturday discipleship program. All of this is funded through your gifts to Iris Ministries Canada.

October 2016 Children's Feeding Program in Northern Mozambique Update

Most of those reading this report have never had to go to bed hungry or wonder where their next meal will come from. But that's the daily reality for the majority of poor village children in Mieze. The government claims to have won the war against poverty; but the truth is very different for the rural poor throughout Mozambique. The majority of village children continue to suffer the ravages of  extreme poverty; and a large part of our ministry in Mieze and rural Pemba is helping meet these most basic human needs in Jesus' name.

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!

September 2015 Children's Feeding Program in Northern Mozambique Update

In our April, 2014 report we wrote about the two children’s food programs being sponsored by Joyce Meyer Ministries through Iris Ministries Canada. One provides a nutritious daily snack to over 4,000 children in the Iris school on the Pemba Base. The other provides a hot meal of beans and rice to children attending the daily village discipleship program.

March 2015 Children's Feeding Program in Northern Mozambique Update

Through funds contributed by IMC, we are currently feeding between 4,500-5,000 needy Mozambican children daily!

This is a huge commitment and is making a significant contribution to the war against poverty in our region of northern Mozambique. It is truly saving lives; and it’s helping poor village children attend school and eventually break free from the vicious cycle of poverty and suffering that has characterized village life for generations.