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Extreme weather formed the backdrop of this trip—violent rainstorms, flooding and cyclones in January battered vulnerable communities, causing widespread damage to housing, property and crops.
News commentators claimed this to be the worst disaster in Malawi’s history.
Nationally, a month’s rain fell in 24 hours, flooding was 2-
Around our Centre, about 1500 people became homeless, and many other domestic buildings fell—kitchens, toilets and livestock kholas, leaving impoverished families to find shelter in schools, churches and other public buildings. This was the “hunger period”, but these extreme conditions caused even more distress as mud-
High winds Cyclones
Summer Report 2015
Family sitting on what’s left of their home
As the disaster unfolded, our local staff were able to quickly assess, and put a significant relief operation into action. Emergency food, soap, and plastic sheeting were distributed to the hungry and homeless. Our regular Food Programme (25kgs maize, dried soya meals & soap) was successfully issued monthly to 200 families, from Christmas to February. However, the situation with these vulnerable households was so dire, we responded to their pleas and managed to add a further distribution in March.
Others were also in need, so we introduced 2 separate monthly distributions for another 100 families.
In total, we distributed more than 25 tonnes of maize, over 11,000 soya meals, 2000 bars of soap and 1250 mtrs of plastic sheeting between Christmas and March 2015.
Aid Africa/OHP’s response …..
Thumb print confirms receipt of goods, on our list of families assessed as particularly vulnerable.
Our guys weigh out the maize
25 tonnes of maize,
over 11,000 soya meals
2000 bars of soap….
and March 2015.
Privacy & dignity restored to 272 people while
reducing health risks associated with poor sanitation
The storms destroyed hundreds of toilets—we identified 50 vulnerable families and urgently began to rebuild.
We employed building teams to dig new 3m pits, and surround them with bamboo-
plastic sheeting and grass thatching.
These simple shelters should be robust
enough to last several years, or until the pit is full.
Mary and her collapsed toilet
Mary and some of the children she cares for -
The storms brought down many houses—one of which was Susan’s. She is AIDS-
Susan’s delighted with her new house (with windows!) Built in partnership with FOMA. Now her family is safe and secure
for decades to come
Following emergency aid, we’re moving into the longer-
Extreme flooding from the storms destroyed dirt roads, hampering aid distribution and community rebuilding. Namalamba Bridge collapsed – it served 15 villages (about 7500 people) and had been the main route linking remote villages to tarmac roads and school, Health Clinic, maternity facilities, and local town for business, food & other basics. In the past, 5 people had lost their lives trying to cross the swollen river.
We were approached by Village Heads, asking if we could help rebuild the 8m bridge. Committed to work in partnership with local communities -
After meeting with Chiefs good progress was
made until the villagers realised that there wasn’t
enough stone nearby, so with their help, our BUV (yellow vehicle) and new trike joined the project and moved more than 30 tons of rock from the mountain to the bridge site.The bridge was finished in July 2015, with the official Opening Ceremony taking place in August.
Access restored between 15 remote villages and health, school, business and market facilities
|A "Carbon Footprint"|
|Msikita Community Centre|
|Monjo School tank|
|How you can help|
|Testimony - Lynda|
|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|