Our cooks begin the day at sunrise with cleaning and food preparation. Our cooks are widows and wives from the local villages and are incredibly hard working women. They love what they do and enjoy working with the children. The job they have at Manna House Malawi enables them to provide for their own families, which was something they struggled with before Manna House Malawi.
Monday through Saturday at 11:00 am, we hold a preschool that is available to all preschool aged children in the village. The children are taught English and songs through the use of learning centers. The kids close their time with a Bible story and a prayer each day.
The school aged children are required to go to school in the local village Monday through Friday. Our managers check the children’s school attendance and their progress weekly. We feel that education is vital to their development and future. Many of the Kingdom Kids were not attending school before they entered our program.
Each day, the school age children begin arriving at the center around 1:00pm. At this time, they are led in songs and a Bible story and/or lesson with scripture. The children also recite the previously learned scriptures at this time. Around 2:00 pm, roll is called and the children bless their food. After washing their hands, they receive their food. After finishing their meal, the children rinse their plates. The older children also help the younger ones. The day ends with more songs with the children and a dismissal prayer. Then the older children, typically teenagers, meet with their mentors, tutors and/or complete homework before departing for their home.
Each day the children are fed one nutritious meal at Manna House Malawi consisting of the following:
- Staple: Rice or Nsima (Nsima is a dish made from maize flour and water and is a staple food in Malawi)
- Protein: Beans and Soya
- Vegetable: Tomatoes and Greens