MIRACLE: MIRACLE is the “Marianist Institute of Rural Artisans for Christian Life Education” in Malawi, the second poorest country in the world. Malawi has a population of 11 million people and more than one million are orphans. The life span in Malawi is only 38 years. Two-thirds of Malawians live on less than 50 cents a day. Amid this misery, there is MIRACLE because we believe that empowering the youngest and the poorest is the best way to heed Jesus’ words that when we do it for the least of our brothers and sisters, we do it for him.
MIRACLE is a job skills training program for unemployable orphans who have lost their parents to the AIDS pandemic sweeping sub-Saharan Africa. Integral to MIRACLE is religious and value education. The curriculum includes modern farming skills and low-cost irrigation techniques to help these young people become self-sufficient by raising their own vegetables. Each day, students are fed a hot meal of beans and cornmeal which, for most, is the only food they will eat that day.
Upon the completion of two years of training, these young men and women are placed in apprenticeships for six months and then assisted in securing jobs or in starting their own small businesses. With employable skills, small loans, and gifts of work tools, miracles happen. Despair is replaced by hope.