Poverty

Evangelism
Women from the Tabita Group in the Uvira district of the East Congo use song to raise awareness about the need for local church donations to support a program that helps widows and orphans. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

East Congo women reach out to widows, orphans

Unrest and Ebola in East Congo have left many women without husbands, and children without fathers. United Methodist women from the Kivu Conference are stepping in to help.
Mission and Ministry
Mothers-to-be cook together in an open-air kitchen at the new mothers’ shelter in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The shelter for high-risk mothers was completed with a grant from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

New shelter helps expectant mothers

A new 60-bed shelter and outpatient department at Old Mutare Hospital means safety and comfort for expectant mothers.
Social Concerns
Tendai Musandaka, 20, holds a box of chicks that she and other women and girls will raise to generate income in Marange, Zimbabwe, which has been affected by drought. The farming program is led by The United Methodist Church’s Ministry with Women, Youth and Children and funded by the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Zimbabwe farming project empowers women, girls

UMCOR-funded program provides chicks to help women and girls generate income in an area struggling with drought, dying crops.
Social Concerns
A local agriculture extension officer teaches members of the Odzani Swarm Charm how to separate honey   and wax using a honey separator. As part of the United Methodist Women project, the women manage   beehives and sell the honey and its by-products to provide for their families and local church. Photo   by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church empowers rural women in Zimbabwe

Church-sponsored projects, including beekeeping, small-scale farming and craft making are helping rural women in Zimbabwe survive the struggling economy.

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