The year 2015 was entered with all hope of success and hope especially finishing the 2014 at a high note after finishing the magnificent school block at Nandolo. Joyfully, we all celebrate the coming of the rain towards the end of December. However, such a joy ended up in sorrow and floods have claimed many lives (over 160) and thousands rendered homeless in Malawi. Houses and crop fields have been destroyed. Both local and international well wishers have responded in some parts through the distribution of relief items, especially food items.
Data collection is still underway as it is done in collaboration with other stakeholders like Malawi Government, chiefs, village development committees, child protection committee, and other NGOs working in the area like Save the Children. However the following is the highlight
As it is clearly seen in the picture, it has been raining since morning today (Saturday 31 January, 2015) as we went to have interaction meeting with the displaced and community leaders of Taulo Area. The following are the highlights:
22 families (74 people) have sought refuge at Taulo Nursery School
Many families are being hosted by their neighbours whose houses seem to have survived but not guaranteed
Almost all households have their toilets (latrines) destroyed. This a very big threat to water born diseases like cholera
Children, women, the disabled and old people are the most hit
People are hunger stricken and need immediate assistance to keep them going while are yet to recover from the trauma.
About 569 children (according Save the Children’s data) need immediate food assistance in Taulo
All other Nursery Schools which are supported by Save the Children (on the other side of Taulo) have been suspended as all the classrooms have been destroyed. Only the one provided by FVM is standing and is providing refuge to over 74 people
Malawi Govt has so donated only 150 bags of maize (7500kg) against thousands of needy people. For example, 4 bags (200kg) have been donated to 22 families (74 people) hosted at Taulo Nursery School.
As it is evident in the main photo (captured today, 31 January, 2015) it is heavily and daily raining, hence the number of destroyed houses, fields and livestock to rise
The number of feeding programme (children) is rising daily as some are residing right away at the school, while others have no other alternative to feed their children except at the Taulo Nursery School
The kitchen at the Nursery School is partly destroyed causing a threat to where the 22 families would be cooking their food
Maize (corn) flour at least 300 bags as a mere start up otherwise more than that is needed.
Soap, sugar, salt as much as it is possible
About 2,500kg soybean seeds so they can plant now since time is almost over for maze. The maize they planted is either washed away or due water log it can no longer produce. Soybean may help them at least get something during harvesting
In the month of January, there has been a lot logistics and partly purchasing of Likuni phala has taken place. Too much continued rain has disrupted a lot of operations. Likuni Phala production has been a challenge as there has been very unusual erratic electricity supply for over a month now. Preparation of foot at the nursery schools where firewood is used is equally been affected. Most roads have been impassable (for the past three weeks no car would reach Taulo from either side). The road through the tea to Nandolo especially from Lujeri Tea factory is still not very passable up to today.
69 Secondary School and 9 University students are currently being assisted with tuition fees by FVM. Newton is finishing his final three and half year BBA degree on Tuesday (3 February, 2015). Graduation is expected in June. Newton will graduate with a bachelors degree and a certificate in nutrition and child care. Justin Chimpeni is finishing his Bachelor of Science, Environmental health in August this year. What a success story!!
MULUNGUZI HOUSE UPDATES
A team of 7 seven young Christians is in the house from 6th January to 31 March, 2015 making a total of 85 days. This is a great relief as this will help subside significantly the cost of keeping the house.
In addition, FVM staff fellowship with team on morning devotions on Mondays and Fridays every week. There is always joy in singing, dancing, sharing testimonies and doing Bible Study together.
Davie Ngalauka is doing an excellent work in taking care of the house during this period when team is occupying the house. Davie has special gifts that are quite beneficial to all of us especially in entertaining visitors. He is a gifted gospel singer (with his family) and that makes the team very happy and joyous.
Spiritual Care Programmes
There has been no field visit for the usual weekly Bible Study in the field due the heavy rainfall that made the roads impassable. It is planned that there will be Bible study imed at providing psychosocial support to the flood victims on 7th and 8th January, 2015 with Pastor Falinya.
Weekly Radio Evangelism in Chichewa continues to be aired on Trans World Radio and positive feedback is being received almost daily.
1. Flood victims
2. SCOM Conference in March
3. Rains to be favaourable