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Winter Report 2019
Our goats are doing fine, but we’re always eager to improve and learn better care. During the Sept/Nov trip we trialled a new feeding regime, more targeted to individual goats, which reduced the stress at feeding times and increased milk yield.
However bringing in enough greenstuff for our goats (20 does, 2 stud bucks and 4 male kids), is a tough job this time of year. During the long dry season, there’s not much fodder around, except at the distant mountain, way beyond where everyone else goes. Our vehicles can’t access this terrain, so it’s a case of hand-
One way we’ve helped both our goats and the vulnerable is we’ve developed a “cash-
Our staff are doing well, diligently handling tasks and continuing to positively impact the local community. Training and capacity-
Our site didn’t suffer much structural damage during the cyclone earlier in the year, but we rebuilt or repaired infrastructure for safety and to model responsible care and maintenance—not a trait commonly found in Malawi!
These popular fortnightly events are a delight to see and participate in. More than 30 older folk arrive early in the morning in preparation for their lunch, singing, dancing, praying and socialising. As they leave, they’re clutching their bags of left-
In autumn, our tree nursery was thriving, with 4500 tree seedlings planted to back up WUA’s community project -
However, WUA took a different path and we distributed the seedlings to local schools, individuals and community groups early in 2020.
Monthly distribution of our Food Programme began just before Christmas 2019 so the particularly vulnerable could celebrate this special time too. Needs were assessed, lists of those most at risk prepared, and soap and soya meals bought in order to give away with the tons of maize in our storerooms.
170 households (about 750 people) received this help for 3 months, aimed to bridge the gap between the maize destroyed in the fields during the cyclones (March 2019) and the next harvest in March/April 2020.
December distribution of our Food Programme -
As part of our mitigation programme following Cyclone Idai earlier in the year, we replaced 60 toilets that had been destroyed by the storms in
17 different villages. Health Surveillance Officers surveyed the area and reported back that there’d been no cases of cholera so the Senior Chief was awarded the ODF Certificate (Open Defecation-
—quite an honour to lead the country in sanitation!
OHP’s increasing influence
Crowds gather at the gate early each Wednesday morning with a wide variety of requests for help—it may be for housing, roof replacement, emergency transport or medical treatment, but most often it was for food.
Many were hungry, some hadn’t eaten nsima (maize, the staple diet) for days. Some had no food at all, and without any form of income, are totally dependant on the kindness of others.
We were asked by the Phalombe Teachers’ Training College representatives if they could bring a class of would-
About 30 participants attended the seminar and asked a variety of questions about our work, our experiences and how we help the vulnerable.
An interesting and successful afternoon.
We hosted a 2-
“Open Hand” -
One request was from Veronica – one of our ex-
Because of past experience, we hesitated to give her capital so gave her over a hundred bras that we had brought over, so she could sell them to raise the capital she needed, without loan repayments.
From Reception we arranged “cash for work” tasks, gave out money for food & plastic sheeting for roofing, 150 pairs of glasses, distributed knitted blankets and kids’ jumpers, and funded emergency medical transport and treatment.
we gave out the basis for over 82,000 meals
to the most vulnerable -
mainly from our “target group” -
She was delighted and motivated to do well…..
|A "Carbon Footprint"|
|Msikita Community Centre|
|Monjo School tank|
|How you can help|
|Testimony - Lynda|
|Disaster mitigation - 2019a|
|OHP Centre-food, moringa, trees-2019a|
|OHP Centre-education,goats & staff-2019a|
|Milk, Education & Roofs-2019b|
|Borehole pump repair-2019b|
|Water- new pipelines-2019b|
|Liphala Community Centre-2018a|
|Namata Community Centre-2018a|
|Water & Bridges-2018b|
|latest news - 2017-18|
|Community education - 2016b|
|News Jan 2014|
|OHP site development-2012b|
|Latest news-Feb 2013|
|On site news - 2010|
|Finally - 2010|
|Life in Malawi-2009b|
|Goats & Milk-2009a|
|And finally ...2009a|
|Pastors' Conf - 2009|
|A helping hand-2009b|
|Milk & Play Centres-2008a|
|Helping Hand -2008a|
|Chickens & water-2008b|