Grace Halawa proudly showed off the vegetables and fruit trees she had planted near her home in northern Malawi. Grace is part of a Presbyterian World Service & Development supported program that is working to build sustainable livelihoods for 50,000 men, women and children.
Having a sustainable livelihood means that people have food, water, shelter and clothing – what they need in order to survive.
Grace and her family exemplify what it means to be building a sustainable livelihood.
Like many others in Malawi, Grace and her husband are not providing solely for themselves, but are also looking after five orphans from within their community. Grace’s husband is also sick and cannot work.
Because of this, PWS&D’s local partner Ekwendeni Hospital AIDS Program (EHAP) selected the family to receive nutritional support. They received cassava, soy, maize and sweet potato seeds, as well as grafted orange, mango, papaya and guava tree cuttings.
Prior to joining the program, Grace and her family were able to only eat one meal a day. Now, Grace is thrilled to share how the plants, seeds and support have impacted their family. “This has made a very big difference for our future. Now we have different seeds and have diversified our diet, meaning that we have more food security.”
*Donations made to PWS&D’s Sustainable Livelihoods program in Malawi are maximized through matching funds from the Government of Canada.