Join the Countdown..8...7...6...!

I’m so excited to keep moving forward towards our goal of registering Grace Clinic and OPENING our doors for serving our community! It’s such an amazing time at the Grace Center, I can almost hear us all shouting 10…9….8….7….6…We better stop there for now, because we still have a LONG way to go!

Here are the STEPS to Complete Phase 1 (registering the Clinic portion of Grace Clinic):

Purchase Supplies: Exam couch, 4 patient beds, desk for the doctor, etc. These are items that we need to purchase to set up the clinic for Phase 1 of our registration process, i.e. Registering the CLINIC. Phase 2 will be to register the Maternity Center.

Complete Buildings: Toilets, Tank Stand, Doctor’s House, Painting inside the clinic. These are buildings that must be completed before Phase 1 of our registration process.

Plumbing: Tank connected to water system, sinks and drains in the clinic. The plumbing needs to be in place in the Clinic portion before Phase 1, the Maternity portion can wait for Phase 2.

Final Preparations for Phase One: Purchase Medicines, receipt books, get paper work from the Medical Council, move the doctor’s family into the house, get everything set up, call the Medical Council to come for inspection.

From where we stand RIGHT NOW, we need about $20,000 to complete Phase 1. This will enable us to complete all the Steps above. We want to finish this part of the project by January 2019! A few of us are heading to Malawi in January 2019, we want to make sure the clinic is set up and then we’ll call the Medical Council to come for the inspection. Whew!!

Will you pray for us? Will you help us raise money? Will you join the Countdown to Register Grace Clinic! We need you!

Here are a few ways you can help today:

Pray: We need wisdom and grace from Jesus. These are HUGE steps to take. We’ve never done this before and while we are seeking good counsel and wise advice, we need wisdom from God to make the right decisions. Pray for our staff that they will catch our vision of caring for patients with honor and respect. We’ll be talking more about this in the weeks to come, but it is an important to lay a good foundation as we begin our healthcare work.

Help us Raise Money: We need YOU! This is a really BIG project and we’re going to need a lot of help to reach all our goals and open our doors. If you are interested in sharing this project with your Sunday School class, small group, people at work or friends, please contact me: karen@cohcommunity.org. I’d be happy to send you some beautiful, colorful postcards that are easy to hand out and use for starting a conversation.

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We’re making it easy to share about Grace Clinic, just contact karen@cohcommunity.org today to order copies of this postcard to share with your church, small group, Sunday School Class, put on your desk at work or share with friends and family.

Check out the Registry: Our Registry is being updated daily as items are added to the list and as donations come in. Take a minute to check out what is still need.

Make Your Donation Count Today: Click on the link to see the thermometer for reaching our TOTAL Phase One and Phase Two Goals and make your donation today! Thank you!

CELEBRATE!

Enjoy the pictures below showing our current projects:

 Pastor Andrew Ngwangwa and Dr. Levison Kawotcha deep in conversation regarding what type of toilets we’ll build at Grace Clinic.

Pastor Andrew Ngwangwa and Dr. Levison Kawotcha deep in conversation regarding what type of toilets we’ll build at Grace Clinic.

 Digging the pit for the toilets.

Digging the pit for the toilets.

 Bricks for the toilets and the tank stand.

Bricks for the toilets and the tank stand.

 Foundation for the tank stand.

Foundation for the tank stand.

 Mothers waiting with their preschool students inside the clinic for hemoglobin testing, part of our on-going healthcare programs through our schools.

Mothers waiting with their preschool students inside the clinic for hemoglobin testing, part of our on-going healthcare programs through our schools.

 Getting her finger pricked…just a little apprehensive.

Getting her finger pricked…just a little apprehensive.

 Matthew grinning…before he got his finger pricked!

Matthew grinning…before he got his finger pricked!

Thank you so much for your support!

Posted on November 6, 2018 .

The Need for Agro-forestry in Malawi -- Urgent!

We’ve been talking quite a bit about our tree nursery and the changes that we are making in farming at the GC. Recently, a friend of mine, Dean Babcock, who is a missionary in Southern Malawi wrote this on Facebook:

Malawi has a growing population which uses wood for both building and cooking (95% of the population still uses wood to cook their food). The more valuable lumber is being exported. The area pictured is a National Forest near our house where the govt. awards contracts to lumber companies for cutting, Large areas are being replanted, but it is not enough to replace what is harvested. There are also problems with people poaching wood, as well as fires. The larger problem is in areas where replanting is almost non-existent - like the surrounding mountains which are not National Forest, and where locals go to cut their firewood. Small replanting efforts exist there, but are negligible compared to the need. Malawi is expected to run out of trees to sustain the population by 2030 or before. One solution being promoted (which we teach when opportunity arises) is to encourage farmers to use agroforestry - planting beneficial trees within their fields which can be kept short during growing season, and which will add nitrogen to the soil, slow erosion, and provide mulch and firewood.

He shared the following pictures showing how an area of forest had been completely wiped out in a matter of days.

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We are doing our best at the GC to promote healthy conservation farming using agro-forestry. We have started our tree nursery and our baby trees are growing. Please join us in praying that we can teach and spread the word, give away trees and turn back the destruction of land.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 They don’t look like much yet, but here are the first 1000+ trees growing in our nursery. We will restore the land.

They don’t look like much yet, but here are the first 1000+ trees growing in our nursery. We will restore the land.

Posted on October 26, 2018 .

AAA Healthcare -- #Countdowntoregistergraceclinic

We have started the Countdown to Register Grace Clinic. Our goal is to be ready by January 2019, and we are counting down fast!

We started our pursuit of providing comprehensive healthcare in our community by teaching community health classes at the Grace Center and in the villages surrounding the center. Over the years, we’ve seen an improvement in dysentery rates, child mortality, wounds and anemia. These are great strides to take and we will not stop teaching, in fact, one of our primary goals is to step up our community health education program!

 2006: One of our very first healthcare lessons, right after we started COH, before we purchased the Grace Center, how to use a bandaid.

2006: One of our very first healthcare lessons, right after we started COH, before we purchased the Grace Center, how to use a bandaid.

 2006: Another early lesson, how to open a child-proof bottle of tylenol or ibuprofen.

2006: Another early lesson, how to open a child-proof bottle of tylenol or ibuprofen.

Another primary goal of Grace Clinic is to provide AAA healthcare: Available, Appropriate and Adequate.

AVAILABLE: Currently the 15,000 people immediately surrounding the Grace Center do not have access to healthcare. We anticipate even more people coming to our clinic than those who live in the villages connected to the GC.

APPROPRIATE: One of the biggest problems with healthcare in Malawi is poor diagnosis of health problems and inappropriate treatment of those problems.

ADEQUATE: Malawi, among African nations, has striven to establish rural clinics throughout the country, regretfully, most of these clinics (including the one closest to the GC) rarely have medications and are grossly understaffed.

We want Appropriate and Adequate care Available in our community.

 Mothers from Timothy’s and Patricia’s Homes learning how to watch for fevers and when to take kids to the hospital.

Mothers from Timothy’s and Patricia’s Homes learning how to watch for fevers and when to take kids to the hospital.

 Karly Glibert teaching house mothers from TImothy’s and Patricia’s Homes to measure liquid medicines for treating fevers.

Karly Glibert teaching house mothers from TImothy’s and Patricia’s Homes to measure liquid medicines for treating fevers.

Will you join us in the Countdown to Register Grace Clinic?

We are making a registry of all the things we need to complete our registration, first, as a Rural Clinic (in January 2019) and secondly, as a Health Center (as soon as possible). A Rural Clinic will allow us to treat patients like your family doctor does here in the US and refer patients to the district hospital for further care. A Health Center will allow us to open our maternity center and provide Prenatal, Delivery and Postnatal care for expectant mothers. (We have plans beyond this, but let’s get these two checked off the agenda first!)

Click this link for the complete Registry.

Needed Immediately:

We want to wire the funds for these items by the end of October so we can stick with our Countdown to Register Grace Clinic! #countdowntoregistergraceclinic

Click on the links below to donate or learn more about how you can raise money for one of these items.

Toilets

Tank Stand for Water

Cabinets in the Clinic

Electrical Wiring in the Doctor’s House




Posted on October 26, 2018 .

Primary School Registration Complete!

Just Stop Moving!

Do you ever have that feeling of so many moving pieces, if you could just grab one and pin it down, maybe you could feel like something was finally getting done.

Our Grace Preschoolers have got it right: “Shaky, shaky, shaky! Shaky, shaky, shaky! Shake it to the bottom and shake it to the top! Turn around! Turn around until we say STOP!’

This summer, we called a halt to the spinning plates!

Yes, we just told them to stop! No more moving until we got our feet underneath us on solid ground. We focused on one thing for the summer: Get the Primary School ready for Registration!

AND…we did it!

On September 4th, the government officials who oversee inspections of schools came and did our inspection! WE PASSED!

While I was in Malawi in September, the headmaster, Mr. Henry Chadza, asked if he could write a letter to our board and donors thanking you! Here is his letter:

I, on behalf of the entire staff of Grace Alliance Primary and Nursery schools, would like to thank you all very much for your support you do to us in Malawi, particularly Grace Alliance schools.

Learners and teachers of both schools are thankful to you for the big support and services rendered endlessly to Malawians. You built beautiful classroom blocks, five in number, you have constructed good toilets for both boys and girls, you installed solar panels for our computers, you furnished the Headmaster’s office with chairs. You bought many learners textbooks enough for each class. The office is beautifully painted and classrooms white washed nicely. You allocated money for monthly purchasing of teaching and learning materials that eases the preparation of our work and effectively teach our learners.

We also do not forget thanking you for buying and leasing a big land for secondary and the university schools in the future.

Members of staff are also thanking you for considering raising up our salaries to a better standard so that we are able to support our families and making the institution a workable place in our nation.

We promise to work extra harder so that we yield the best results that will complement the wish of your goals and plans for Malawians. 

I believe that you will keep on supporting us financially and materially so that the children of Malawi particularly the needy and people of Katengeza area, where Circle of Hope International is working are educated and contribute to the development of our nation Malawi and the world at large.

Lastly, may the Lord Almighty God bless you abundantly so that you continue supporting us to the will of God.

Thank you very much our director, the board members and the Donors. May you have a nice Christmas and Happy prosperous new year.

AMEN!!

Yours, 

Henry B. Chadza

Headmaster

 Mr. Henry Chadza, in the green shirt, with the government inspection team.

Mr. Henry Chadza, in the green shirt, with the government inspection team.

 Grace Alliance Private Primary School Classrooms

Grace Alliance Private Primary School Classrooms

 The Primary School Office with new chairs and the student books

The Primary School Office with new chairs and the student books

 The new Library and Computer Lab

The new Library and Computer Lab

 Students learning on the computers.

Students learning on the computers.

 You can just see the solar panels on top of the computer lab here. Thanks to Kelvin Wetmore for leading this adventure!

You can just see the solar panels on top of the computer lab here. Thanks to Kelvin Wetmore for leading this adventure!

With the completion of the Primary School Registration, we are ready to take on the next project!

We are starting the…

COUNTDOWN TO REGISTRATION OF GRACE CLINIC!

Are you ready to join us?

Posted on October 3, 2018 .