Somebody Cares Ministries (SCM) is a Christian faith-based ministry in Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi. Our response is to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, providing comprehensive and integrated care and support, and is motivated and challenged by God’s command to the Church for righteousness and justice. The ministry began in 2000 with Chief Theresa Malila responding to the HIV/AIDS pandemic that swept across sub-Saharan Africa, with her walking from village to village with a bible, a bottle of oil for anointing, and hope. SCM now reaches over 500,000 people in five Traditional Authorities (Provincial governance) in and around Lilongwe.
Somebody Cares Ministries, partnering with rural communities, has 5 key objectives derived from the acronym CARES.
CARE: the active demonstration of Christ’s love to those in the communities where SCM works. Somebody Cares acts as the hands and feet of Jesus in caring and supporting the vulnerable. This is achieved through provision of food, clean water, volunteers, medical support, love, compassion, counseling, etc.
ADVOCATE: challenge communities to speak for the rights of each individual. This we do through awareness workshops for leaders, biblical trainings are the family and leadership, awareness of violence against women and children, promotion of the girl child education, a voice for the voiceless, protecting, speaking out, etc
RESOURCES: source and facilitates connections for communities to access resources within and outside communities that are needed for development – infrastructure, finances, nutrition, training manuals, human resources, best practice examples, bibles, bikes, boreholes, etc.
EMPOWER: help people to realize their full potential – which they are capable of driving their own development by empowering them with the knowledge and skills needed. This includes education, poverty alleviation (IGA’s), community gardens, food security, spiritual transformation, restoring dignity and self-respect, hope, etc.
SERVICE/SUPPORT: provides the support and service that is necessary in order for all of the above to be achieved – infrastructure, human resource, community logistics, communication, networking, etc.