Just back from Malawi, aptly known as “the warm heart of Africa”
And it certainly was warm! It was mid-fifties plus, but the humidity
made it feel hotter, even the local Malawians were moaning and
melting in the heat.
So what happened during our 2 month trip???
Report of Malawi trip - Oct/Nov 2009
Youngsters benefit from the fortified phala (maize porridge) provided at our Centre
The long-awaited road connecting our town to the city is slowly making progress, but it brings mixed blessings. Teams of men working on the construction, are away from home, with money in their pockets. They’re surrounded by desperate women with hungry families, with only one “asset “ to sell—thus AIDS is spreading voraciously, poverty feeding the pandemic.
Consequently, more and more people are testing positive to HIV and our “Mercy” budget for monthly transport to hospital to collect ARV’s (AIDS treatment) is stretched to breaking point.
Sadly, we can’t help everybody, but we try to be a bit creative with the resources we have. Apart from maize - the staple diet - we give seeds to grow vegetables for nutrition and sale, soap to improve skin conditions, blankets and clothing against sudden cold weather
As we left, everything was gearing up for the imminent arrival of the annual rains. It’s the last chance to prepare fields. The mad scurry of obtaining Government subsidised fertilizer is over, but those who were not included in the scheme are in despair.
This is page 1 Autumn trip 2009