IMC Project Updates

October 2021 Zimpeto Sewing and Carpentry Program Updates

Sewing Program:

As Covid has continued to impact life on the base these past months, the sewing program has been operational in a scaled-down manner.

We are delighted by the new spacious sewing room that has been built. We eagerly await filling the room and using it at capacity.

Our sewing teacher, Mama Lourdes has continued to support the centre by helping with many projects that support the children's dorms. Most recently, some of the girls have made curtains for the new dorms. We are hopeful that our full-on ‘moving in day’ will be very soon.

October 2021 Zimpeto Youth and Community Housing Program Update

In 2020 the Zimpeto team shared the great need for housing within the community. Because of the generosity of IMC's donors, we rejoiced in helping extend the reintegration housing project to include those in the local community.

So much of the community around the base live in houses that are either falling apart and need a rebuild, or need serious repairs.

October 2021 Zimpeto Widow's Home Update

One of our community pastors introduced us to Helena, a widow who lives in the community.

Helena was living in a tin shed, so the local church that supports her is currently in the process of building her a concrete block house. The pastor of local churc approached Iris to ask for our help because the church was not able to meet the added covid building code requirements. We have a builder currently finishing the windows, doors, roof, and bathroom.

April 2021 Iris Malawi Update

October seems such a long time ago, but as I look back, I can see that God has been at work. October and November were interminably hot here in Bangula, most days reaching well into the 40s and setting a record over 50 degrees Celsius. Since schools were still closed at that point due to COVID-19, students were studying under trees or fans, but even that was hard to sustain. Much time was spent in the pool, getting dive-bombed by bats and birds desperate for a drink.

Zimpeto Youth and Community Housing Program

Everyone needs a place that they call home; a place where they and their families can live in safety and peace, in a community. We are grateful for the privilege of being able to come alongside both individuals and families and help them with housing. The situations are typically one of three.
When our young people who have lived at the centre for much if not all of their lives turn 18, Government regulations require that they must leave the centre.

April 2021 Zimpeto Bible School Update

As was shared in our October 2020 update, in the face of Covid, classes had to be canceled and creative ways found to continue teaching our students. The last was all distance learning using WhatsApp groups.  

Every week we interact with students who are eager to come back to school, as we wait for authorization from the government for the return of regular classes. We have had many new students enrolling, especially in our final fourth-year level.