The Joseph Compassion Project aims to assist rural Malawians to access grain at an affordable price during the lean years known as the Hunger Season.
Joseph Feeds Nations
In Genesis 41 we read the historical account of how God used Joseph to help the Egyptians to survive the 7 years of famine that ravished the land. Using the principle of storing up during the time of plenty for the impending time of hunger he was able to help not only Egypt, but many nations to survive this harsh famine.
Learning from Joseph
Using principles gleaned from Joseph’s wise handling of the ‘hunger season’ recorded in the Bible, we hope to help the rural people in Malawi to be set free from the cycle of hunger and poverty in which they are trapped.
“Go to the ant…consider its ways and be wise!
…it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.”
Oppressing the Poor
The corn traders in the markets are oppressing the poor people in their desperate plight by increasing the price of the most basic food to unaffordable rates. Quite simply, this is a blatant and shameful oppression of the poor.
The merchant goes into the village and buys grain from the rural farmer at $6 per 50kg bag at harvest time. Then during the hunger season he sells the same grain for $24!
It is quite understandable from a capitalist viewpoint that ‘supply and demand’ control the prices, but when it comes to basic and vital supplies (such as corn) there should be measures put in place so that the poverty stricken folks can still afford to buy nourishment for their bodies.
The Joseph Compassion Project will seek to buy corn during the harvest season and store it until the hunger season making it available at affordable prices to those in desperate need.
Working with our partners in Malawi, we have arranged a storage facility in the township of Liwonde where we will store grain that is purchased form the surrounding villages during harvest season. We will keep an accurate record of those from whom we have bought the maize. This is to ensure that the seller has the first option to purchase his grain back during the hunger season.
There will be a small storage fee added to the selling price of the grain in order to ensure that the project is self-sustaining. Being a Not-for-Profit project, the priority will be to keep costs as low as possible with the primary goal being to provide affordable food to poor folk in the villages.
The Joseph Compassion Project will buy grain from the rural farmer at $8 per 50kg bag and then sell it back to him during the hunger season for $10. So we’re asking $2 per bag to store it for a year.
Make It Happen
So what is needed to make this happen?
Currently our storage facility can handle 150 bags of grain. We need $1200 in order to purchase these 150 bags of grain.
At this moment, we have $0 to make this happen. We will need your help. If you feel you can help us financially by making a contribution towards this project, you can find our banking details HERE. Please use reference: JCP.
If you are unable to give, you can be of vital assistance to us by praying for this project that God will provide all that which is needed in order for us to effectively help those in need.
As we are just in the beginning stages of this project, we are starting with small steps. We are planning to expand by sourcing/building more storage facilities in various areas. Currently we are focusing our attention in Machinga District, Liwonde. As we get the means to expand, we hope to extend the benefits of this project to other areas, specifically in the Lower Shire Valley.
Thank you for your interest and support in this project.
May God bless you thoroughly and perpetually.
In His service – and loving it!
“That His glory may dwell in the land.” – Psalm 85:9b