When Joyce Otten reaches out, she reaches wayyyyyy out! The Kirksville, Missouri, Quota member stretched to provide service to children in the small African nation of Malawi, where Joyce’s brother and sister-in-law serve as missionaries and run a primary and deaf school.
Joyce first ventured to Malawi for a three-week visit to share her knowledge and skills with local women and children. She taught sewing and provided supplies for book bags. She taught the Women’s Guild how to fund-raise with a project to make jackets out of native blankets—all by hand in this country with no electricity.
When she returned to Kirksville, Joyce wanted to continue to help the children of Malawi, so she spoke to local service and church groups about her experience and began to fund-raise. She raised enough money to provide bunk beds for students of the deaf school and sponsored a boy in boarding school, paying tuition and providing clothes.
The Kirksville Quota club took on support of the deaf school headmaster, paying his tuition for training at the University of New Castle in the United Kingdom and creating an emergency fund for school operations. This photo depicts Mr. Mtonga and his family with Quota volunteer Joyce Otten.