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A Promise Kept

In GOSPEL, MINISTRIES on March 3, 2009 at 6:59 pm

I promised that I’d post this for a friend of mine who’s working hard for peeps living in Malawi.

Hey David. I play in the band FAST and was wondering if you could forward this to anyone who may be interested… Hope all is well.
I am writing you this with the recognition that times are tough and that might make a donation impossible, so please feel no pressure! That said, I thought I’d give you the opportunity and let you know what I’m up to!

As you may or may not know, I am the director of the small non-profit Mercy League Malawi (MLM), which is a division of Mercy League International. MLM’s focus is to provide aide to those struggling with extreme poverty in one of the world’s poorest countries, Malawi, Africa. Our current focus is on feeding and Malaria prevention and care.

Currently, MLM is providing aide through a few generous donors in the United States and the UK. Through these donations, we have been able to provide 80 kids healthy meals every day. In addition14 kids receive clothes, school supplies, hygiene supplies, and mosquito nets.

We receive about $150 to $250 per month to keep these programs alive. Despite this help, every month is a struggle to keep the programs going, and Steff and I have had to provide anywhere from $100 to $300 each month to make up for lack of donations.

Our goal is to make the feeding program self-sustaining by having them grow their own food with gardens and a fishpond, and selling the excess food to grow more. This will provide 100 orphans daily food until they are 18! Once food is taken care of, they can focus more on education, which is their only chance of getting out of poverty. We require all kids getting food to attend school regularly.

For every $100, we can buy 15 mosquito nets that will literally save a life from Malaria (Malaria is caused by mosquito’s that usually bite at night, and kills 20% children before age 5). I have seen the death of little children first hand, from this deadly disease that is treatable and preventable.
Children are dying because they cannot afford a $6 mosquito net!
In our feeding program $100 would also feed 20 kids for a month!

I will be traveling to Malawi for the fourth time on March 12th and returning June 3rd. My focus will be Malaria prevention and care, and bolstering the feeding program.Any amount of support would be appreciated, as a little goes a long way in Africa! If you have any questions, I would be glad to answer them. Thanks for considering supporting these kids! If you feel able to donate you can do so online at http://www. mercyleaguemalawi. com or send a check to: Mercy League Malawi, PO Box 968, Drain, OR 97435. If you do it online, please send me an email also to confirm.

Shane Mast
541 517-1749
Mercy League Malawi, Director
http://www. mercyleaguemalawi. com

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