Thank You, Smyrna!
The Milala Agriculture workshop in Malawi included 52 trainees, and was held at the Church of Christ in Milala. The church was planted in this area so that new converts would not have to walk far to attend church. It was a perfect place for a workshop because of the flat area surrounding it.
During the workshop, members learned about drip irrigation, and how to implement it in planting vegetation. With agriculture education, this community is becoming self sustaining and changing their lives!
The Difference It Made!
The drilling of a water well was the initial step in transforming this community.
"I agree with those who say that 'water is life' because every activity we (ladies) do from dawn when we wake up to evening as we go to bed needs water," said Susan Chisi. "I would fail myself if I would not say that we have received the gift of life. Now that we have the well near us, the hours for fetching water have been greatly reduced giving us a peace of mind and more time to do other house chores, or to rest."
After Susan attended the agriculture workshop, she realized that there is an even greater need - nutrition.
"God has seen us. Apart from water, the next challenge we face is what to feed the family. I praise God for the continued blessings He showers on us. May he also bless the hands which give."
Learning about drip irrigation has been life changing to community member, Fackson Manda. "I am a farmer and I like farming," Fackson said. "Today is a great day in my life to learn such tips. I learned about irrigation in school several years ago, but I didn't know what it looked like and could not even dream that one day I would have hands-on training like this. This will change my life for good. I am not the kind of person that will sit back when I receive great things. My fellow countrymen, let us hold hands and work as a group. This has also allowed us to encourage each other to have our own backyard garden, which is simple, convenient and more rewarding."