AID AFRICA

Latest News

Happenings and people

January 2024

Hunger—more maize….

 

Last week we distributed more maize to hundreds of families as hunger escalates…...

 

January 2024

Currency Devaluation

Early in November Malawi’s currency—the kwacha— was suddenly devalued by 44% - a huge loss of banked resources for us, but a real disaster for villagers struggling to afford food and other essentials.  

 

Many in the rural areas are still reeling from the effects of the destructive cyclone earlier in the year, with hunger rampant, this will cause even more hardship....

January 2024

Hunger—thousands helped….

Hunger has reached dangerous levels in Malawi—with the most vulnerable at highest risk.

So just before Christmas, we released a third of our maize stored for distribution during the “hunger period”, providing 500 needy families with about 80 adult meals, helping abut 2,500 people to survive till the next harvest….

 

January 2024

The best Christmas present ever—safe water for thousands!!!

Despite being 9 months on from the deadly cyclone that ripped through our area earlier in the year, people are still struggling with loss and shortages. Many lives were lost here, along with houses, crops, fields, food, sanitation & safe water supply.

So we’ve been helping with all these issues at grassroots level, but one of the most important is repairing borehole pumps.  

We chose 6 more “dead”, or poorly-working pumps and once repaired, brought safe, clean water back to about 3,900 people....

October 2023

After the Cyclone....

During the night of Sat 11th March Cyclone Freddie hit us.  After the initial shock, and sharing emergency supplies with the vulnerable, our attention turned to community reconstruction…..

During the next few months we built and repaired houses, replaced collapsed toilets, provided clean water for thousands, constructed bridges, bought in food and set up agri-projects for the hungry.   All amidst a broken country in crisis…...

 

Past Progress...

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.

2023

(a) Cyclone Freddie devastated rural Malawi—hundreds died, many thousands were affected. In our area many buildings collapsed and so our reconstruction programme rebuilt and repaired houses, provided toilets, restored safe water and bridges, and alongside promoted agri-projects to get food on the table—fast! 

View

2022

(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

View


(b) Food Programme distributed to 450+ vulnerable families - more borehole pumps repaired giving another 7,500 people safe water - Irrigation Veg project extended - roofs replaced - first piglets

View

2021

(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.

View

(b) Hunger—introduced village pump maintenance strategy, 1st 3 pumps repaired on the scheme—1st public toilet built, all goats rehomed—68 students.

View

2020

(a) Covid challenges: soap & 7 pumps repaired = 20,000 people (social distancing) Food Programme + reforestation—veg distributed & Food Tokens increased.

View

(b) Hunger—Moringa Groves introduced; compost made —7 pumps repaired=4,000 people—schools reopened.

View

2019

(a) Cyclone Idai: 25,000 affected locally—rebuilt 60 toilets—repaired 7 pumps (+ 2 schools)=8,000 people —improved reforestation—dismantle dairy goat herd?

View

(b) Gov award for toilets—goats milk to nursery schools —community water scheme; pipelines, taps, pump repair and infrastructure—25,000 benefit—12 roofs.

View

2018

(a) Built 2 Community Centres—Milk & Phala (fortified porridge)—7 borehole pumps restored=10,000 people —small business loans—staff—motor-trike.

View

(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.

View

2017

Site closed but we still distributed maize & milk

2016

(a) Extra maize—Milk & Phala—Elderlies Luncheons—Msikita Community Centre built—water infrastructure + 6 pumps repaired—income generating schemes.

View

(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.

View

2015

(a) Disastrous cyclone destroyed houses, sanitation & infrastructure-rebuilt 50 toilets—repaired 5 borehole pumps—reforestation & moringa processing.

View

(b) Built our 1st Community Centre + 3 houses—Milk & Phala—livestock passed on—reforestation, tree nurseries & training—8 pumps repaired=30,000 people

View

2014

(a) Hunger critical: 70% hadn’t eaten for 2 days— moringa powder distributed, along with crops—veterinary goat training—1st rabbits distributed—site building.

View

(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.

View

2013

(a) Storms & flooding—rebuilt 6 houses—severe hunger— milk:50 babies– cassava pass-on—site security.

View

(b) Community livestock projects—seed multiplication & training—1st Elderlies’ Luncheon & Phala Programme (fortified porridge) for toddlers—Built 3 houses for the frail.

View

2012

(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

View

(b) Livestock, agriculture including moringa—building of Processing Unit to prepare moringa powder

View

2011

(a)

View

2010

(a)
View

(b)
View

2009

(a)
View

(b)
View

2008

(b) Move to our new centre..
View

Want to get involved with our projects?