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The worst in a hundred years

May 22, 2016

"Some (of the people) in our village have only a small amount of seed to eat." One of the students told me this when I asked how the harvest was going in his village. “Is this seed a good replacement then for rice or maize?” I asked. “No," he said, "this is a seed the birds eat. It’s not good for people.” He explained they ate this because they had no harvest of maize this year. This is the case for a large part of Malawi. First came the floods from last year. After this, many were anticipating a harvest to follow to bring relief from their hunger . . . But this didn't happen! Little or no rain came and this meant there was nothing to harvest this year either. For the areas that received a little rain, their harvest yielded enough grain for one or two months of food, leaving another 10 months with no harvest and nothing to eat. During this period many will face starvation.

Because of this we’ve targeted two areas near us where there was no harvest, no food and people really suffering. Our goal is to reach 6,000 families in these areas who are most in need. We currently only have funds to reach around half that number, and are hoping that our supporters will rally to help us finish the job. We plan for each family to receive a small portion of maize, along with a naturally grown leaf crushed into a powder called Moringa, which provides nutrients and vitamins and is better than the grain alone.

Sadly, Malawi is not the only country being affected by this heavy drought. As we travelled to South Africa for a conference last month, we heard similar stories of drought from people in Namibia, Zambia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. We heard one South African say this is the worst drought they’ve had in 100 years. This is bad news for them and for Malawi as well, because South Africa is one of the sources of maize for Malawi. So it’s not only that people aren’t harvesting enough maize here, but it’s even difficult to find grain anywhere that can be bought.

Everywhere we went we saw signs of the drought.

The floods last year drew people’s attention to the crisis in Malawi. And while that was indeed a terrible disaster, even more serious repercussions have been brought on by the drought. There has not been a more serious time when help was needed. Any help you can give – large or small – will be of great benefit as we seek to meet our goal of assisting at least 6,000 families. $6 would help feed one family. How many families can you help feed? Thank you so much to those of you who have already contributed and to all of you for your prayers on behalf of all those who are suffering.

Ben Hayes