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Serving the most vulnerable      in rural Malawi

2019

Disaster!  

During March, Cyclone Idai devastated southern Africa, leaving more than 1000 dead and thousands needing help. Heavy rains caused massive flooding in Malawi, mainly across the southern part of the country. The President declared a state of emergency, and in our district alone, 5000 households were affected, approx 25,000 people in need of help.


The storms tore down houses, swept away precious food reserves in dirty water, and the maize crop, almost ready for harvest, was flattened in the fields.  Our guys reported the local loss of many homes, outside kitchens, toilets, and other essential buildings, but being “on the ground” we were able to help immediately, concentrating our efforts on the most important, relevant, and urgent issues…..food, water and sanitation!


But we also prepared for the future - bought in 15 tonnes of maize for distribution to the most vulnerable later in year, progressed reforestation and moringa processing, continued sponsoring 105 teens at Secondary school, but ran into trouble with our goats’ milk plans….

It was an intensive 2-month trip, uncomfortable because of the high temperatures with increasing humidity and lack of regular electricity supply…. even the Malawians were melting!  


But always the urgent request was for food…  We helped as much as we could, and besides, made a lot of progress building water infrastructure; constructing and upgrading pipelines, repairing boreholes and finishing a tower to carry tanks to improve pressure and supply.


Local water officials reckoned this work would benefit 25,000 people.


                                                       


Summer Report 2019

including May trip

Winter Report 2019 including Sept-Nov trip

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