About the Malawi Mission of Nguludi
Nguludi Mission, consisting of 11 Parishes, is located in southeast Malawi, about 30 miles from Blantyre, the Commerce Center of Malawi. It covers an area of 225 square miles and 50,000 Catholics. 95% of the people live in rural areas, with the overwhelming majority of them (90%) engaged in farming (primarily maize). The life expectancy is 54 years, with 14% of the population living with AIDS/HIV. 65% live below the poverty level. There is no area-wide electric, sewer or water systems. Homes consist mainly of mud huts with thatch roofs and dirt roads.
St. Joseph Parish, located in the southwest of Nguludi Mission, is the primary Mission operating place of the 11 Parishes and 7,000 Catholics.
The key issues facing the people in Nguludi (and all of Malawi) are Education, Environment and Health.
Our Three Programs
Poverty and long commutes (2-4 miles), often alone on foot, prevent many children from attending classes, and even where schooling is available there is a severe shortage of school bus system, eligible teachers, and resources such as learning materials, adequate sanitation, and shelter. A 2nd high school and school bus system is under study.
- Dirty Water: 10% annual loss of life. (2017: 50% Water Pumps implemented)
- 50% annual loss of living crop, Maize. (2017: 80% Storage Units installed)
- Sub-standard Agriculture Operating Environment — Malawi World Report: Poor. (Animal Farming implemented in 2017 – Phase-1: Pigs (2017-18)
- Sub-standard Water & Sanitation System — (Initial Plan: Improved means of reserving and using rain water. Plan based on connection to Malawi-wide Water & Sanitation Program – 2025-2030).
Current Primary Area of Need: Chronic shortage of medical supplies — $1,000/year.
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Chair: Sharon Bastisini