FLOODS! (late Jan)
After searing drought, flooding has hit our area in Chiringa, southern Malawi - reports are coming in:
“The rains have been devastating, destroying crops, homes and killing livestock -
over 300 hectares of land are immersed in water.
More than 2,500 of our neighbours are displaced, struggling under canvas, hungry and desperate’
Aid Africa is helping with maize, plastic sheeting, water safety treatments, prepared soya meals and soap.
When everything has calmed down and dried out a bit - there’ll be houses to rebuild, roofs to mend, and hundreds of other ways we can help these remote disadvantaged communities.
- help during the
December and January’s issues have been made - a meal a day for three months to more than 600 people assessed as most at risk in our area. Along with maize - we’ve also issued soap and prepared soya meals each month.
8 new kids have been born during the past few months - 4 male, 4 female - all by our imported saanen stud “Sargeant”. One of the males is from Woyamba, our only pedigree saanen dam, so this youngster has a very important future, not only within our breeding programme, but also for Malawi’s dairy goat gene pool too!
Improvements to the community water scheme have been interrupted by the floods, but Aid Africa is working in conjunction with Cadecom and local education to renovate the intake infrastructure up in the mountain which will restore clean water freely to thousands.
Watch this space......
We’re also looking into water harvesting, and on site, plan that the flow of water through the new Processing Unit will be pumped from tanks for irrigation.
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Flood update.... (mid-Feb)
Thankfully, last week, Malawian authorities supplied some maize and beans to those dispossessed and hungry.
Working with the local flood relief co-ordinator, we’ve distributed water safety treatments urgently, and have brought in additional maize, plastic sheeting, prepared soya meals and soap for free distribution to the most needy, in addition to those on our routine Food Programme - (see below).
Flooding - the consequences
Left - the ruins of a former home, torrential rain and high winds ripped off the roof, then floods finished off the walls.
Another homeless family.
Flooding - the consequences
Agriculture - maize is the staple diet, and only able to be grown on a larger scale once a year, with the rains.
Much of the crop in the lowland areas has been destroyed due to flooding, but our conservation farming programme “Farming God’s Way” has had substantial impact in borderline areas and beyond.
What a successful maize field should look like at this time of year - a fine FGW example!
Right next door, behind our two volunteers is the FGW community garden. Prolific, fully grown, promising an abundant harvest. Why? What’s the difference? Identical land and location?
Here, in the foreground is the maize crop as grown traditionally in ridges - stunted, yellowed, failing and unproductive.
The difference is farming technique. Which is why we’re trying so hard, in partnership with the FGW team, to train local farmers to nourish and protect their soil.
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