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At this time of year, food and resources are

stretched to the limit, these are difficult months to

survive before the next maize harvest comes in.  

During our final Food Programme distribution—

(on a Tuesday ) we asked beneficiaries when

they’d last eaten……The results were sobering.

Only 2% had had anything for breakfast that day.

28% had eaten something yesterday

24% hadn’t eaten since Sunday

38% last meal was Saturday

8% hadn’t eaten since Friday. Appalling statistics!

These are the most vulnerable—frail elderly folk, or AIDS-affected, sick, living with disabilities, or have just hit bad times with hungry children to feed.

 

If they have no resources for basic food, what other things are they living without?


Aid Africa/OHP’s response …..


Aid Africa/ Open Hand Projects’ main food distribution provided enough maize for the subsistence of 175 vulnerable families - 663 people - during the 3-month “hunger period” from Christmas to harvest in March/April. David and Lynda arrived a month earlier than usual this year, so were able to witness the February distribution for themselves. It went without a hitch. Security staff manned the gate allowing only those listed to enter site, and kept a general eye on proceedings. Each beneficiary was welcomed, placed their thumbprint beside their name, and received their goodies—enough maize to feed 3 adults (or one adult & 4 children) a meal a day for the month, along with packs of prepared soya pieces, pigeon peas & soap,


We are still distributing our goats’ milk to orphaned and AIDS-affected babies from two points—our own Centre in Chiringa daily, and Bwanali Village where vulnerable, but now-growing babies are benefiting from our Milk Programme, three times a week.



Moving older babies (12m) off the milk programme to make way for

acutely vulnerable younger infants,seemed sensible with a finite amount

of milk, but we soon found these youngsters were heading back into

malnutrition because there was little food at home.The phala mix (fortified porridge) is prepared, milled, then transported with the milk to Bwanali Village to the 50 babies on the Programmes.


Local women cook and serve to the older vulnerable children on our list—any extra is shared around amongst siblings and others.  We’ve added moringa to the mix of maize, soya, dried fish, oil or groundnuts, salt and sugar.



This monthly event is going well, 30 elderlies are catered for, though 40 turned up last time and the food spread to meet that need!  Apart from a nutritious meal, they have the opportunity to socialise, meeting together with old friends, and are helped home with some extra food for the orphans in their care.

Summer Report 2014

including Feb-March trip

Godfrey- now a happy man,  he hadn’t eaten for 4 days

Leaving site…

Life is still tough  .......

Hunger …..

Food Programme ….

Elderlies’ Luncheons ….

Milk Programme ….

Likuni Phala ….

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