A recent survey carried out in Malawi by CDC with UNICEF and the Government of Malawi found that 69% of girls and women in Malawi have experienced some form of sexual assault.
Let that sink in. 69%...
Unfortunately the support services available for these victims are very limited.
Our ZOE partner, Steve Bowler works with an organization called Fountain of Life.
Steve and Kathy with their 2 daughters
Steve has lived and served with his wife, Kathy in Malawi for many years.
The primary goal of Fountain of Life is to address this gap of services and find ways to help the many, many victimized girls and women begin a healing process that will help them recover and become a survivor.
The Government of Malawi is establishing “One Stop Centres” at all the major hospitals in the country to provide trauma counseling. This model is heavily reliant on organizations like Fountain of Life to provide a counseling program, as well as volunteers.
All of the FOL volunteers are Christians who believe that God is the only one that can truly heal the deepest wounds that come through a rape. They pray with the clients and let them know they are loved and valued.
We love this project!
Fountain of Life has asked ZOE to help specifically in the training of volunteer lay counselors.
They need program development, training materials, ongoing support of counselors as well as “Comfort Packages” for the victims.
We can do this!