A new house for Kefasi
Building work started on Monday 29th April with the rebuild of a house for Mary Makase. She is the Grandmother (and now Guardian) to Kefasi Clement, a bright young boy who spent his first couple of years at Open Arms. He was returned to his extended family last year.
The ground was cleared, material purchased from the local store and building work started by local builders. Kefasi's family now have a stronger, more secure house and have received maize and likuni phala to help prevent malnutrition.
Support for Atupele
Atupele stayed at our Mangochi infant home when she was born. She is now 11 years old and in year 4 at school. Her elder sister, Hilda, is a peasant farmer and also her carer. Hilda works to support her own two year old child from a dysfunctional marriage and Atupele. They live in Manjawira village, which is a distance of 74 km (to and from from the Infant Home).
Their house had a grass thatched roof and was built with un-burnt bricks and following the cyclone, is in a very bad state due to the heavy rains. Part of the house collapsed during the rains, and the remaining walls are posing an immediate threat to their lives.
Building work is now in progress and the girls will have a new house by the end of August giving them security and our outreach support will protect them from further poverty.
A new home for Chisomo
Chisomo is about to turn three years old. After a stay at our Blanytre home when she was first born, she returned to live with her grandmother recently. They are 170 km from Blantyre, in Nsanje. Sadly her house was completely destroyed by Cyclone Idai. On our outreach visit, we found her living in a shelter provided by the World Food Programme, everything they owned had been destroyed.
Due to the remote location of her village it was difficult to transport materials and supplies for the build. It took Kondwani three hours to travel to her home. It was wonderful to hear that her house rebuild was completed in six days though. She is now living safely back at home. The family have also been given maize as their garden and crops were completely washed away. We will continue to monitor Chisomo and keep in touch with her grandmother to make sure they get back on their feet.
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