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Floods during growing season will decrease harvests in Malawi

Photo from the Times Group (www.times.mw/expect-more-floods-met-department-says/)

 

Please pray for the people and the country of Malawi. At least 56 people have died this year as a result of the flooding in Malawi. Most of the flooding has occurred in the southern part of the country. The orphan project is in the central area of the country and has received much rain but not deadly flooding.

According to The Malawi Times, at least 13 of the 28 districts in Malawi are affected by the flooding. The floods began as a result of Tropical Cyclone Desmond in late January and heavy rains have continued through February and March. These floods have affected at least 922,945 people and displaced at least 16,545 households, who are now living in camps.

The Village Civil Protection Committee has reported that most boreholes were underwater and 97% of latrines have collapsed in the flooded areas. The flooding will increase the likelihood of cholera and malaria in these areas.

The floods and heavy rains have also ruined their crops which were planted in December and January; this will increase the cost of food countrywide.

“An estimated 3.3 million people were assessed to be in need of food assistance until the start of the main harvest in April. The most food insecure districts are in the south, reflecting the impact of production shortfalls in 2018. As a result, many households depleted their food supplies from own-production earlier than normal, compelling households to access market supplies prematurely.

Moreover, the recent floods in the southern region, which have affected over 900 000 people, have further compounded the situation. Losses of food supplies, damages to the soon-to-be harvested 2019 crops and reduced access to markets, are likely to aggravate food security conditions. Heavy rainfall, forecast for much of the second dekad (set of 10 days) of March, could increase the risk of further flooding, potentially resulting in larger crop losses and interruptions to humanitarian operations.” (http://www.fao.org/giews/countrybrief/country.jsp?code=MWI)

Please pray for safety, housing and adequate nutrition for everyone. If you feel led to make sure the orphans have adequate nutrition, learn how to donate here.

Water back packs

1010404_10201434273805277_577483473_nWater back packs are the next step in clean water for the people at the orphan project. They now have access to clean water with the well that was installed in 2013 and now they have a safe way to carry it home and store it. 12377936_1008695995860535_4626874583594284649_o

In December, 2015, 200 water backpacks were distributed to the caregivers, volunteers, and chiefs of the Kanyenyeva area.

Traditionally in Malawi, carrying water on one’s head is women’s work. However, carrying water in a backpack can be done by a man or a woman. These water backpacks will help to more evenly distribute the work of carrying water from the well to home.

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The backpack also help to keep the water clean. They have a spout to get the water out. This eliminates the need for a cup to be dipped into the water. They also have a cover with Velcro that covers the spout during transport keeping the dirt out of the spout.

The top of the water backpack is folded down to eliminate anything getting into the water from the top. The plastic liner can be laid out in the sun to disinfect it regularly.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of the water backpack: Anatomy of the Tested Water Backpack. The Anatomy of the Tested Water Backpack comes from Greif, the manufacturer of the water backpack