BROTHERS IN ARMS INITIATIVE
Bringing hope to at risk youth of Blantyre through discipleship, education, vocational training and sports outreach.
WHAT WE DO
Brothers In Arms was birthed out of the desire of a local church to meet the needs of the homeless youth of Blantyre. What started as simply providing a meal for the surrounding youth living on the streets after church has turned into something bigger. Our aim is to disciple and train the youth so that they are able to create an income without begging on the streets. Our hope is that those we work with will be reunited with their families. With the dedication of our volunteers, staff members, and partners, we strive to improve the lives of the street kids of Blantyre. Contact us to see what you can do to bring about positive change.
CYCLONE FREDDY RELIEF
Between March 12 and 13, Southern Malawi experienced 6 months of rainfall due to Cyclone Freddy. The heavy rain and wind caused mudslides on the mountains, taking out whole households. The rain and wind itself caused many poorly built homes to crumble. Across the Southern Region, 553,614 people have been displaced and are living in 540 camps. There are 537 people missing and 507 people have died.
While this has been a national tragedy, it has created an opportunity for Brothers in Arms to reach even greater into the needs of our surrounding community.
To learn more, click the link below to head to our page dedicated to updating you on how we are supporting victims of the cyclone.
DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY IMPACT CENTER
In January of 2022 we began breaking ground on our Community Impact Center located in Lunzu, just 30 minutes outside Blantyre. Over the year we have built a multifunctional building that has a dorm room, classroom and library/teachers lounge, along with toilets, a mentor's house, a dining hall, a community well and farm. Over the year we have worked with 20 young men and have seen exponential growth in their maturity, spirituality and education.
Over the last three years, Brother's in Arms has provided catch up classes for its participants. These classes have helped fill the gaps that were missing from time spent on the street and not in school. The boys have grown in their reading, writing and basic math, allowing them to reintegrate in to the government school. We are currently running a government level Form 1 class in which we have 20 students; 16 who are former street connected youth and 4 that come from the surrounding village.
Our goal in education is to create a space for those who do not thrive in a traditional education context. We desire to bring in those who struggle. Our classes offer tutoring, extra attention and mentoring for those who need it.
Farming has always been a foundational value for Brothers in Arms. Through farming we are able to cut down our operational expenses and give our students a way to use their hands.
Farming was not a part of the first half of 2022 as we focused on developing the Community Impact Center. In August we drilled a borehole and began our farming efforts again; this time adding pigs and chickens.
Tending to the land builds character and stamina. Farmers often face hardship as they put forth effort into their farm; sometimes not yielding the reward they hoped. Over the years these young men have grown in character through farming. They have been committed and dedicated to take care of their crops and deal with the disappointments they have met along the way.
BIBLE STUDY & MENTORSHIP
One of our foundational values is studying the Word of God and one on one mentorship. We have seen great growth in their lives as they hunger and thirst for spiritual wisdom and knowledge.
EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS
Whether it be Christmas, Easter or Independence Day, we find a way to celebrate! Throughout the year we gather all the homeless youth to celebrate with dancing, a hot meal, a message of encouragement, and gifts of whatever we can find; clothing, soap, basic hygiene essentials and blankets.
Our football team is back and in action! They practice twice a week and often times have friendly matches on the weekends, two of which they have won! Football has been a source of fun and physical activity and also a platform to grow character through teamwork, humility and good sportsmanship.
PARTNER WITH US!
"None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful." – Mother Teresa