Maloto, which means “dream” in the local language, is a community based organization in Mzuzu, Malawi. It was founded by a group of Malawians living in the United States who had a dream to give back to their country and their communities. Maloto’s mission is to transform the lives of women and children living in poverty in Malawi. The organization sponsors 2 local projects in Malawi that seek to create educated, empowered, and self-reliant communities of women and children: Kwithu Women’s Group and Mzuzu Academy.
Kwithu Women’s Group is comprised of 20 hardworking, loving women who have dedicated their lives to helping vulnerable children and women in Malawi. With support from Maloto, Kwithu operates a feeding program for vulnerable children as well as a number of after school learning and recreational activities. The group also actively provides HIV/AIDS educational initiatives within the local community.
Mzuzu Academy opened in September, 2010, offering students an internationally accredited secondary school education. Quality education is one of the biggest challenges facing Malawi, where 85% of boys and 93% of girls do not complete secondary school. Maloto worked with local leaders and the community to assess their needs and built the school to address them.
Good Shepherd parishioner, Nancy Haensch, has volunteered extensively with both of these projects, traveling to Malawi four times since 2007. Nancy is a nurse and finds her skills as both a health educator and clinician invaluable during her visits to Africa. The loving relationships that have formed over these years are a precious reflection of God’s movement among us. At Church of the Good Shepherd, we are the body of Christ as we take God’s love out into the world!