Working with Feed The Hungry Malawi

Feed The Hungry Malawi

Praise Ijalasi

Praise was introduced to Feed the Hungry by an Australian friend who knew how he was struggling in serving the community at the time.

Through the feeding program Praise and his team have been able to share Christ more freely, reach areas where the need is immediate, give access to Bibles, build more churches, and create partnerships within the communities.

Another program is Farming God’s Way, a program that teaches the local people better ways to farm based on how the Israelites did in the Bible. The agricultural advancement through this program has benefited the community greatly.

They also minister to 23 HIV/AIDS communities, people that are seen as untouchable. Many kids live there as they were born to parents that have these illnesses. Although these people are on medicine to keep HIV and AIDS at bay, those medicines are dependent on good nutrition to work well.

Another group Praise and his team work with are child-headed households. These children have lost their parents to disease, murder, or other situations and the oldest stepped in as the head of the household. Feed The Hungry steps in to provide food for these children, giving them a chance to continue their education and live a good life.

Praise’s long-term goal is to develop a mission centre where pastors and church leaders would learn good farming, church planting, and discipleship techniques. That centre would allow the leaders to train their communities to produce food and disciples and be able to teach and train believers.

One of the most impactful moments in Praise’s ministry is seeing community chiefs surrender their lives to God after being challenged by the Gospel. From there, they lead their community in the direction of the Gospel and change the whole community.

Understaffing and car problems make it difficult to reach more areas and areas that are hard to get to and government pressure to expand are problems that affect the ministry.

If food and God’s word was plentiful, their numbers could grow from almost 60,000 to more than 100,000 children in Malawi.

About Malawi

Country Statistics

  • Population: 21,279,597 (2023 est.)
  • Below the Poverty Line: 51.5% (2016 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: 72.71 years (2023 est.)
  • Literacy Rate: 62.1% (2015)
  • Human Development Index: 169/191 (2022)
  • Global Climate Risk Index: 5 (2019)

About the Children

  • Under the Age of 14: 38.54% (2023 est.)
  • Children under 5 Underweight: 9% (2019)
  • Average Years of Schooling: 4.7 years (2020)

Causes of Death

  • AIDS, Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever, Malaria, Dengue Fever.
  • Others include diarrhoeal diseases, water borne diseases, birth complications, and rabies.

Floods, droughts, earthquakes, water pollution, low fish populations and climate change all threaten the livelihood of Malawi’s people.

Only 13% of the population has access to electricity. (2019)

Malawi is currently home to 56,432 refugees from Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (2023)

  • Photo of kids eating their fortified rice meals in their classroom, one child in focus, in Malawi
  • Photo of fortified rice meals served in green bowls with spoons.
  • Photo of kids standing in a harvested field, some holding sticks, in Malawi.
  • Photo of kids eating their fortified rice meals in their school yard in Malawi.
  • Photo of crops growing in Malawi