Mana comes to Zambia

Nutritional Supplements Aid in Food Relief Efforts

Namwianga Mission recently received a welcome boost to local food relief efforts. MANA, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending malnutrition, sent an entire shipment of nutritional supplements. The shipping container arrived on March 22, and workers unloaded 900 cases of Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food (RUSF), a product designed to help children ages 6 months to 5 years who are malnourished.

Distribution of the 135,000 packets/meals will begin soon under the direction of Namwianga’s Food Relief Coordinator Wilson Siazilo. “We are so thankful the MANA container arrived,” said Ellie Hamby, Zambia Mission Fund board member. “It came at a good time because there are areas all around Namwianga that did not receive enough rain this season. There is going to be hunger for many more months."

MANA learned about the need in Zambia through student and faculty fundraising efforts at Harding Universitya. MANA offered to give supplements equal to twice the dollar amount of donations given, and they then provided free shipping.

Thank you, MANA, for helping to feed the hungry in Zambia! Find out more about MANA at

Hunger is Real in Zambia

A report on current food relief efforts

Zambia Mission Fund Board member Ellie Hamby is at Namwianga this week with the Harding University Physical Therapy group. She and the Harding students are witnessing the hunger crisis firsthand. Here is her report.

Hunger is real in Zambia. One day last week there were over 120 villagers who came to the Mission for food, and they were all hungry. They gather in the open area behind my house. More are coming every day.

The Harding University Physical Therapy group is here treating patients, but they saw the tremendous need of the people, so they took up a collection of over $2000. They were able to purchase 100 bags of mealie meal (ground corn.) They have been giving it out to the people, and the suffering they see is sometimes tough to take.

Please look at the pictures of people who came. You see, hunger does have a face, a name, and a story. Some of their stories are heartbreaking. Please pray for them and their families because when this mealie meal runs out, they will have no food.

Three to four days a week we continue loading the big truck with mealie meal and going to remote areas for distribution to the starving. We cannot feed everyone, but we can feed one person at a time.

Please pray for rain.

A Report from Drought-stricken Southern Zambia:

“The truth is that Zambia is starving.”


Food Relief Coordinator Wilson Siazilo sent this report of conditions in the Gwembe Valley in Zambia’s Southern Province:

Last weekend four of us went to Nyanga for the gospel meeting. We knew this is one place known for severe hunger. I was broken within myself to meet people living in such harsh conditions yet still holding on to Christ. Amen! Thirty-nine congregations assembled at Nyanga. About 1,100 people were in attendance.

During our time there, we visited with a number of people who spoke one thing: that they were starving to death. Their gardens were all dried up due to lack of water. I took several pictures of dead streams. No sign of water anywhere. We saw few cattle around. This is a bad sign because cattle are one source of income. Some women brought chicken for sale. Those chickens were paper-weight I mean just few bones bound together with threads of muscles.

Most of the streams that normally around September would still have pools of water are so dried that you cannot think they ever had water in them. In spite of failure by our government to declare Zambia as hunger-stricken country for the world to come to our aid, the truth is that Zambia is starving.

God is good and gracious. In the middle of such tribulations 41 people heard the word and were pierced in their hearts and accepted Christ as their personal savior through baptism. Seventy-five were restored back into the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus. Great work is really going on there.

On our way back to Kalomo, we found people selling wild fruits. We stopped by to buy some of those fruits, not that we cherish them but that we help out a little. I wish my voice would be heard to the world to help out the situation because what I saw is just in a matter of time, lives will be lost to starvation.

Find out more about food relief HERE and water wells HERE.