IMC Project Updates

December 2008 Zimpeto Community Infant Milk and Food Supplement Program Update

All children and mothers are evaluated and prioritized prior to beginning the  milk program. Children with mothers who are HIV positive who can't breastfeed, babies who are born with HIV and their mothers are unable to breastfeed them, and babies who are suffering from malnutrition are the priorities.

This past year, with great sadness we lost 4 babies to malnutrition, some of whom were victims of the HIV virus. We continue to fight against the difficulties of poverty and HIV that this nation confronts.

Zimpeto Child Reintegration Program - Maputo, Mozambique

Children come to Iris from very diverse situations. Many come because of the lack of adequate supervision in their own family situations. Children are often found by the Police running around the streets and neighbours houses, or are sick and have very poor health, many suffering from malnutrition. Many families are affected by poverty and the inability to support their own children.

May 2008 Zimpeto Bible School Update

"Now that all of the construction has been completed in the Bible school, we have turned our attention to some much needed maintenance/renovation issues in the student dorm. Since this dorm was the first to be built here at the Zimpeto Centre, we have wanted to paint the white walls! We hired some of our former students who have experience in this area to come and paint between terms.

Zimpeto Community Infant Milk and Food Supplement Program - Maputo, Mozambique

All Iris babies naturally receive all that is needed in order for them to thrive. In an effort to keep as many infants with their mothers as possible, Iris Ministries has constructed a program that provides food and milk for mothers and their babies in the surrounding community. This is one very practical way of keeping these families together. At present Iris is providing for 61 mothers and their babies. Each mother and child visits the centre twice a month.

September 2007 Zimpeto Bible School Update

"Over the past months we have finished the addition of offices for the Bible school. This is providing much needed space for the translators and the directors, in addition to having everyone together in the same space now. This has greatly benefited the work environment! No longer do we need to run all over the centre looking for a translator or have a teacher confused about where his class has been moved to. Oh, the blessings of progress!

February 2007 Zimpeto Bible School Update

“We are FINALLY in our very own classrooms of our new Bible school. What an amazing blessing this is! Having finalized the purchase of the desks, blackboards, etc., we began the 2007 school session in our new facilities. After operating out of children's dormitories and other locations for the last eight years, we now have a place to call home. All have settled in very nicely!

[John & Sandra Ewert teaching at the Bible school]