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This is an exciting new project which could transform this part of Malawi providing high-
Moringa is a local tree, fast growing, with leaves that contain a range of impressive nutrients, delicious served as a green vegetable or salad. Despite this it’s under-
As part of our reforestation programme, we’re establishing 3 village moringa groves planted according to a fixed pattern, containing 100 trees each (which can be extended), and protected by “temporary” bamboo fencing. We’ll also surround each grove with glycidia seedlings to develop into a living fence so the bamboo panels can be moved to another location after a couple of years.
The project began in autumn, 2020 with community sensitisation, land selection, fencing panel construction, and compost manufacture on each site. November is the traditional time for villagers to prepare their own maize fields, so training begins in January. Each grove is managed by a voluntary committee, and after training, each site will be prepared by the villagers, trenches and pits dug, fences erected, and seedlings planted later in January, with the first main leaf harvest expected at Christmas 2021. During the project, as the trees grow, both seeds and prunings will be shared throughout the villages to multiply the nutritional effect. And of course, reforestation benefits follow -
Our staff will regularly encourage and monitor progress ….
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Our appreciation to:
….our Malawian staff, manning the site so effectively, despite so many challenges, and a huge thank you to all who support the work -
Special thanks to FOMA, Heb Ffin Scott Bader, & Wilmslow Wells for Africa for all your invaluable help finding some of these projects.
Our annual Food Programme routinely begins at the end of December, ensuring the most vulnerable households have food at Christmas, and continues through till March.
However, our “routine” projects continue all year round:
The climate is erratic and often extreme, leading to failed
crops and livelihoods in the rural areas of this subsistence-
level agricultural society.
All over the world the pandemic has radically changed
circumstances and has inevitably affected our work in
the rural areas.
Usually UK Directors spend 4-
checking local situations, encouraging staff and
implementing new projects -
No flights, no travel, and a drastic fall in income as our
Charity Shop closed due to Covid-
However the needs in Malawi haven’t diminished, and the
threat of the virus only adds to the usual day-
Hunger continues to be the major concern, an ongoing battle, but during the first 6 months of 2020, we managed to help support over 800 families, providing the basis for over 50,000 meals.
However, as the year wore on, we found that 97% of our cash-
By August, many of the most vulnerable were hungry. Our main Food Programme wouldn’t begin till Christmas, but in the meantime, due to a special donation, 50 extra families benefited from “food tokens” each month, providing funds for the maize basis of about 30 meals each. This has greatly helped hundreds of those most at risk and is planned to be repeated each month until the maize harvest 2021.
Alongside, we’ve grown mustard, onions and other vegetables to help the malnourished.
Moringa leaves contain vitamins A,B,C,E & K, calcium, protein, potassium, iron, copper, zinc,
all 9 essential amino acids and 46 antioxidants.
Moringa Groves Project (Sept 2020-
ready to be issued….
Compost preparation in October, ready to plant out seedlings in January 2021
Following the mass closures of schools,and other educational establishments in March, schools eventually reopened in a staggered structure at the beginning of September, but initially for students who had been due to take exams during the shutdown.
Instead of abandoning the rest of the school year, Malawi chose to continue with term 3 (usually an April start) in September, and begin the new academic year in January 2021. Exams were taken after intensive revision periods and the other students returned in October. The plan is to return to a Sept start by reducing the longer holidays over the next few years.
However, there was a blip in the national programme -
In July, after the maize harvest, we bought in 17 tonnes—the basis for 68,000 meals—to help feed the vulnerable later on as the hunger increases.
This year, because of the stresses of coronavirus on the world-
After weighing the maize, we checked its moisture content and dried it as necessary, or we’d risk it deteriorating during storage. The ladies did a great job winnowing the grain and then it was re-
During the year, needy families become known to us through our other projects and referrals from Village Heads and trusted community leaders.
Each family is assessed for vulnerability, and those in real need are listed and invited to collect maize, dried soya meals and soap once a month during the inevitable “hunger period” from the end of December to March 2021.
Packing dried maize
We repaired 7 more boreholes in August —restoring safe water back to 439 households
(plus 1 school)
As well as bringing local water back to the elderly and infirm, these repairs also help social distancing to be maintained at the pumps to help limit covid spread, and we distributed more soap too.
More soap distributed—180 bars
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|Msikita Community Centre|
|Monjo School tank|
|How you can help|
|Testimony - Lynda|
|2020a-food & reforestation|
|2020a-Coronavirus-soap & water|
|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|