Happenings and people
A Gift of Mosquito Nets
Thanks to a special donation we bought a pile of mosquito nets this month that will protect 145 vulnerable villagers of all ages, just as rains are about to begin, causing the malaria numbers to soar.
Internationally, Malawi is among the top 20 countries with the highest malaria prevalence and mortality rates—over 6.9 million cases were recorded in 2020, and 2,551 deaths, with children under the age of five representing more than half of those lost.
A New Beginning
The end of an era—and a beginning of an exciting new one!
Today, the Aid Africa Charity Shop in Holt closes it’s doors for the final time. For 15 years it’s been a source of funds for the work amongst the poorest in Malawi, and has hosted treasures, bargains and a warm welcome to visitors.
New Homes for Marys
At the end of January 2022, Cyclone Ana roared through southern Malawi, destroying lives and livelihoods—the high winds collapsed buildings, ripped off roofs, and flattened crops in the fields. In March it was followed by Cyclone Gombe bringing even more devastation with torrential rain, floods causing damage to infrastructure, as well as houses and sanitation.
An archive of development in the form of Newsletters—just a couple a year, but interesting to chart progress. Hunger, our Food Programme, education, and clean water supply feature in most reports. But there’s also some fascinating glimpses of the birth and growth of other projects.
(a) is reporting the first half of the year, (b) the second.
(a) Cyclone chaos, Community Centre restored, reconstruction of homes and toilets—increased Food Programme to 30 tonnes—9 borehole pumps repaired=3,650 people—more Moringa Grove groups
(a) Coronavirus continued, schools struggling— repaired 9 borehole pumps=5,500 people—bought in 26,500 kgs of maize for two districts—moringa training and 1st 3 groves established. 14 roofs replaced.
(b) Hunger—introduced village pump maintenance strategy, 1st 3 pumps repaired on the scheme—1st public toilet built, all goats rehomed—68 students.
(a) Covid challenges: soap & 7 pumps repaired = 20,000 people (social distancing) Food Programme + reforestation—veg distributed & Food Tokens increased.
(b) Hunger—Moringa Groves introduced; compost made —7 pumps repaired=4,000 people—schools reopened.
(a) Cyclone Idai: 25,000 affected locally—rebuilt 60 toilets—repaired 7 pumps (+ 2 schools)=8,000 people —improved reforestation—dismantle dairy goat herd?
(b) Gov award for toilets—goats milk to nursery schools —community water scheme; pipelines, taps, pump repair and infrastructure—25,000 benefit—12 roofs.
(a) Built 2 Community Centres—Milk & Phala (fortified porridge)—7 borehole pumps restored=10,000 people —small business loans—staff—motor-trike.
(b) Built a Community Centre, 3 bridges, 2 houses— restored 55 roofs—repaired 12 pumps=10,000 people— new national nutrition policy challenges milk programme.
Site closed but we still distributed maize & milk
(a) Extra maize—Milk & Phala—Elderlies Luncheons—Msikita Community Centre built—water infrastructure + 6 pumps repaired—income generating schemes.
(b) 2 new milk drops added—7 pumps repaired=10,000 people, well dug—trained to make washable sani-wear, conservation farming, bible for pastors & computer.
(a) Disastrous cyclone destroyed houses, sanitation & infrastructure-rebuilt 50 toilets—repaired 5 borehole pumps—reforestation & moringa processing.
(b) Built our 1st Community Centre + 3 houses—Milk & Phala—livestock passed on—reforestation, tree nurseries & training—8 pumps repaired=30,000 people
(a) Hunger critical: 70% hadn’t eaten for 2 days— moringa powder distributed, along with crops—veterinary goat training—1st rabbits distributed—site building.
(b) Added 4,000 meals—training in agriculture, IT & rabbit keeping—prioritising moringa—extended water line + 5 taps—repaired 5 pumps=6,5000 people—100 students.
(a) Storms & flooding—rebuilt 6 houses—severe hunger— milk:50 babies– cassava pass-on—site security.
(b) Community livestock projects—seed multiplication & training—1st Elderlies’ Luncheon & Phala Programme (fortified porridge) for toddlers—Built 3 houses for the frail.
(a) Saanen goats arrive from South Africa—AIDS still increasing—1st “milk” baby now 5—Basic Utility Vehicle —training in conservation farming and planting moringa
(b) Livestock, agriculture including moringa—building of Processing Unit to prepare moringa powder
(b) Move to our new centre..