Saving Malawi’s starving

2016-11-29 06:01

DO they know it’s Christmas?”, was the title of the famous Band Aid song recorded in 1984 in response to the Ethiopian famine, but in the case of Malawi in 2016, the answer is a resounding “no” – at least for the estimated 50% of the population who live below the poverty line, with millions facing starvation.

Funerals are rife in this poverty-racked country, with one of the main drivers being starvation - something that seems almost incomprehensible to those living in more blessed countries where food is abundant, and obesity is a problem.

In Malawi it’s the very old and the very young who first succumb to starvation with the problem exacerbated by overcrowded, underfunded hospitals unable to offer even basic care and medication.

Malawi’s president Peter Mutharika himself earlier this year declared the country to be in a state of emergency following severe drought and damaging floods which destroyed the country’s crops.

But now to bring Christmas to some, CityHope Disaster Relief (CHDR) will be journeying to Malawi this December to deliver vital food aid – especially to those in the hardest-hit rural areas.

More specifically, this NGO in Hillcrest will be taking 18 tons of nutrient-dense FutureLife cereal to communities outside Blantyre.

And partnering with the FutureLife Foundation, City Logistics, and Crown Ministries, CHDR and its volunteers will ensure these communities have enough to eat as many celebrate Christmas.

More than that, farmers in these impoverished communities will receive much-needed training and donated seed to cultivate their own fresh produce.

The goal is to both feed and educate so ensuring self-sustainability, and the community can help.

The organisation is calling on businesses and individuals to help raise funds to support this initiative by donating via www.cityhope.co.za

Every cent donated will go towards ensuring that a Malawian family has a chance of going into the new year with the skill-set and opportunity to feed their family.

For more information about CityHope and the work they are involved in both locally and abroad, go to the website or contact 0861 122 331.

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