The Melanie Centers
LFM currently operates two orphanages in Mozambique. The first is named the Melanie Center and is in the town of Beira and opened in 2008. The second (the Melanie Center II), located in the city of Chomoio, became operational in 2014. The Melanie Centers are facilities that provide children with a safe and loving home. The children are given personal attention, food, medical care, clothing, and educational assistance. Both facilities combine to house approximately 25 children at a given time. And since 2008, dozens of children have been cared for and transitioned into forever-families through adoption or other long-term care facilities. LFM has a very strong and favorable working-relationship with the local governments and city officials. Because of the wonderful reputation of high-quality and family-like personal care we offer at the Melanie Centers, many of the children come to the Melanie Centers from the government because they are at a high risk nutritionally, physically, or emotionally. Others need extreme levels of provision because they are HIV/AIDS positive.
The Melanie Centers are much more than orphanages. They act as a local community center too, providing much of the same care to the children and the adults in the surrounding neighborhoods. Both orphanages have full-time staff members who live on-site. And, both centers contain a local Life Covenant church that offer weekly worship services.
LFM’s goal is to see both Melanie Centers become self-sustaining (link to self-sustainment project page here). Currently two business ventures have been initiated at the Melanie Center in Beira. The first was a chicken-raising enterprise called Operation Mozambeaks. The second was a corn-milling business. Both of these projects seek to provide food and much-needed services and employment opportunities for local community members, while generating income for the Melanie Center.
What was once founded as a home for orphans, the Melanie Center — and then later the Melanie Center II — have developed into strategic, vital, and well-respected sources of physical care and spiritual growth for many Mozambican men, women, and children.