Our initial assessment has revealed communities that are suffering serious hardship. Stored food supplies have been destroyed causing immediate food shortages and looking to the next 12 months, the very promising harvest has been ruined by persisting flood water. Houses have collapsed or sustained damage to the thatched rooves only capable of withstanding short term rain. And with little clean water available, there is a high risk of diseases such as cholera.
A new home for Chisomo
One of the homes that Open Arms will rebuild is for a little girl called Chisomo. She is about to turn three years old and after a stay at our Blantyre infant home when her mother died, she returned to live in Nsanje with her Grandma last year. Her family is very poor and Mrs Phiri had already recommended her for our sponsorship programme to enable her family to provide the food she needs and help prevent malnutrition.
Sadly Chisomo’s small house was grass thatched, built of unburnt brinks
(essentially mud bricks that are not pressed) and so it was badly damaged by
Cyclone Idai. She had to move to live in a shelter
together with hundreds of other affected families as they could no longer stay
in their house and as a result of the floods, all crops were also washed away
too. It’s a sad situation for her as her family were left with nothing to
eat, nowhere to sleep, no sanitation facilities, no safe drinking water and no
Thanks to your support, Chisomo and her family will have a new secure home, enough food, health advice from our matrons and ongoing monitoring while they get back on their feet.
Takondwa and Talandira
Takondwa and Talandira will be three years old in June. The twins moved back to their home village of Ngabu, Chikwawa last year and were being monitored closely by Open Arms. Their guardian has very little money to support them.
When Mrs Phiri visited them following the floods, their home and food supply had been badly affected. She reported that they will need additional support and monitoring to avoid malnutrition and other preventable diseases as well as longer term support from Open Arms to repair their home and get back on their feet.
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