Shine Relief Trust works with communities in Malawi providing resources and support. This is a valuable part of the orphan care support network which is slowly growing in an area desperately in need of hope and God’s love; particularly for children traumatised by the loss of parents or loved ones, who are living with the effects of disease and the daily challenges of injustice, exploitation and extreme poverty. Our aim is to strengthen community groups, serving and ministering God’s healing and restoration, providing physical and spiritual care, improving educational support, establishing income-generating activities, empowering women and raising awareness of children’s rights.
Without access to food, education and basic health care many children are found helpless in the villages of Kuntumanji. Although African societies have traditionally found homes for children within their own community, the sheer magnitude of the AIDS crisis has led to children living vulnerable in ” Child-headed families”. Shine Relief works closely with the Social Welfare and the Area Development Committee to ensure the most vulnerable are supported at Shine Village and through the Community Based Organisations.
Shine Relief’s support to Community Based Organisations (CBO’s)
Early Years Programmes
- Food – millennium development goal #1
- Healthcare – Basic Health Care – millennium development goal #6
- Education and Shine School Bursary – Education – millennium development goal #2
Shine provides training and empowers CBO Early Years groups across the region to provide vital Early Childhood Development services to their communities.
Shine Bursary supports the payment of school fees for children and students in our project area. Provision of books, uniforms, shoes, bikes for transportation to school, solar lamps – to enable study at night, empower young people and creates a more conducive environment towards the achievement of their goals.
Shine Resource Centre
Built in 2014 using local resources and laborers and fitted with its own solar power system and borehole, the center is the first multifunctional space with kitchen and toilet block in the area. It stands in 8 acres of land of which 2 acres have been planted with a variety of crops including maize, groundnut, pigeon peas, soya bean and cassava. Moringa trees are growing well with the mango and avocado trees. Shine is building traditional homes at Shine Village for the most vulnerable children. See Shine Village for more information
Early Years Group
Since 2014 Shine Village has provided essential learning before children graduate to Government primary schools. We assist families and care for young children aged between 2-5 years during term time. Children come from villages in Kuntumanji and each receives one meal a day and regular health and development checks.
Supplies are mainly purchased from local farmers, however, long-term all supplies will come from Shine Land.
Income Generating at Shine Village
Shine plans to introduce more of livestock, cash crops, fish farming and also facilities for food processing which will help sustain the care of orphans at Shine Village. Breaking the poverty cycle by offering jobs and training opportunities will help members of the community develop skills to generate the income needed to support their own families.
Shine Children’s Home
Traditional homes at Shine Village offer the family environment which is key for those children in crisis and needing respite or an extended period of care and recovery.
Established in 2016 Shine Ministry is a community group made up of local Christians who desire to seek the Kingdom of God and bring the good news to their community. Shine Village provides a meeting place for men, women and children to learn more about faith in Jesus.
To read more about the development of Shine Village Project click here