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How Mothers in the Anglican church are fighting malnutrition

Women from the Mother’s Union in the Anglican churches in Cunene, southern Angola have long been at work in the community supporting those in need. 

And at present the need is great. 

Angola is facing the worst drought in 40 years and the southern provinces of Angola are facing a severe food crisis. We have been supporting work that the local Anglican churches have been initiating over the last year to begin emergency feeding programmes. 

In partnership with the Episcopal church of New Hampshire, USA these women from the Mothers Union have been trained to identify malnutrition signs amongst young children and get them to hospital to be treated. 

This literally saves lives. 

But the needs remain and so now they are beginning a new phase of the project. 

One major problem is that despite encouraging mothers to take their children to hospital when they are malnourished, sometimes they don’t. Often they are unable to because of work and other children or the hospital does not have the porridge needed for the child.

So now this group will begin a pilot project to open a community kitchen at the church for two meals a day for 30 children. In the second phase they will take the kitchen to communities that are far from the church. 

This small Anglican church in the New Missionary Diocese of Centro e Sul, Angola  is being the hands and feet of Jesus as they seek to serve the vulnerable in the local communities