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Serving the most vulnerable      in rural Malawi

Elderlies’ Luncheons are still very popular with the older folk.

Held fortnightly, they’re a joy to take part in as 30-40 older folk gather, often arriving early in the morning, chatting and laughing until the meal is ready. Then they all file into the Training Hall, greetings are made, and as they wait, there’s always time for a bit of a song and dance. Then hands are washed, prayers are said, drinks are poured and meals are happily eaten.

Winter Report 2018


September-November trip


Nutrition is high on the government’s agenda, but the new policies have

caused difficulties as they focus on exclusive breastfeeding—on paper,

commendable, but on the ground few contingency plans are in place to

support the babies whose mothers cannot breastfeed successfully.  

Which is where we come in,  so we’re continuing to give our goats milk to dozens of children, and are in discussion with the authorities to clarify our supportive role.

Our phala (fortified porridge) is still eagerly looked forward to in the community.

2m  old, his proud young mum is AIDS-affected and too malnourished to provide enough milk for him - our goats’ milk helps …..

Milk & Phala Programme

Elderlies’ Luncheons

We had a meeting with the Senior Chief (the cultural/tribal leader of the area).

Asking about the difficulties locally, her immediate response to our enquiries was “hunger!” Drought and “army worms” had decimated the maize crop in many areas earlier in the year, so at this end of the season the food had already run out. The next crop of maize wasn’t even in the ground yet—it’s due to be planted with the rains (Nov/Dec) and harvested probably at the end of March. She reported that many vulnerables had no food, some are already going for 2-3 days without eating, and it can only get worse.  

Crowds forming at our gate confirmed this, maize prices were high, and there was little cash around—we visited homes with no food at all in evidence. So we helped dozens with donations, and planned our Food Programme.

We bought in 12,500 kgs maize (50,000 meals), plus soya meals and soap.  At Christmas, we began 3 months of distribution to 165 assessed households (about 650 people) from our target group (orphans, the elderly, disabled and AIDS-affected).

The Senior Chief also reported that many grass roofs had been destroyed by high winds and torrential rain, so roofing materials were urgently needed. This was confirmed as we moved through villages, so we set up a budget to help buy plastic sheeting and thatching materials, and some received timbers and iron sheets—in total we repaired/restored 55 roofs.

Many, including the senior Chief,  told us about the destructive force of “army worms” in maize, but no-one knew how to fight this pest. So we did a bit of research, found a chemical and bought some in. Spraying can also be a problem as few have knapsack sprayers, but we found mini-sprayers that fit on ordinary water/squash bottles, so made them available to all.

Local situation ….        hunger!


“Army Worms”…

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Distribution in December 2018