What's been happening in Malawi?
Tropical Storm Ana arrived in Malawi on the evening of January 24th 2022. It rained continuously for three days. The Storm greatly affected the Southern and Central Regions of Malawi, laying waste to infrastructures and farms and killing livestock. Tropical Cyclone Gombe in late March further exacerbated damage and loss.
Smallholders running businesses in distant markets missed weeks of trade due to collapsed roads and bridges. This impact of this was particularly significant after months of on-again, off-again restrictions as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The majority of families in rural Malawi rely on subsistence farming, so natural disasters such as these are detrimental to both their livelihoods and food security.
The photo on the right shows a maize crop in Chikwawa destroyed by the floods (photo credit: Badre Bahaji, WFP) - something many of the families supported through the Open Arms Community Outreach Programme have suffered in recent months.
How is Open Arms helping?
The Open Arms Community Outreach Programme exists to ensure children can successfully return home to their families and continue to thrive in their care. It is specially designed to give tailored advice and support as and when it is needed, specific to individual family needs. This can include advice on anything from health and hygiene to parenting, and essentials such as food, seeds and fertilizer, medicine and clothing.
Regular monitoring and support is absolutely crucial, as it equips and empowers families to survive challenging periods such as this latest natural disaster.
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