Last week, ELCA World Hunger and ELCA Global Mission workers visited with companions in Malawi, studying extra in regards to the nice work native volunteers and leaders are doing with assist from ELCA World Hunger. Below, David Mills, this system director for price range and operations on the Diakonia staff in the ELCA’s Global Mission unit, shares one of many tales he has heard through the go to. For a earlier area report on Malawi from David, click on right here.
Siteliya Lakisoni is aware of her identify.
Siteliya is a mom of six kids, together with her daughter, Patilisha, whom she adopted after Patilisha grew to become an orphan. For two years, Siteliya has been attending Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM) grownup literacy lessons supplied in Salima, Malawi.
She advised me, “Before I started attending class, I could not read or write. I knew nothing.”
Today, she wrote her identify on the board, her hand shifting with confidence and pleasure. When I requested her how gaining the power to learn and write had modified her life, she stated,
“I used to receive letters and notifications about community services being offered, and I could not read them without help. Now I can read them, I can interpret them for my community.”
Patilisha was standing by her facet as Siteliya and I conversed. She was composed and regular, sharpness of thoughts evident earlier than she even spoke. I requested her what it meant to her that her mom may learn and write now, and he or she advised me plainly and confidently,
“When I see my mom read and write, I feel good. I want to learn from my mom. When I grow up, I want to be a teacher.”
When a lady positive aspects information, that information washes like holy water over each layer of neighborhood, bringing nourishment and new life to the folks and to the land. And a era of younger ladies are impressed to comply with the path blazed for them, leaving that path wider and extra trodden nonetheless for those who will come after.
When a lady is aware of her identify, the world is rarely the identical. Thanks be to God, Siteliya is aware of her identify.
Learn extra about how one can stroll alongside the ladies like Siteliya who will forge Malawi’s future by ELCA World Hunger’s “40 Days of Giving.”