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Thousands Helped By Malawi Appeal

Monday September 12

Thousands of people facing drought in Malawi are being helped thanks to the success of a Christian Aid Scotland appeal.

The Malawian Government estimates that the current drought in Malawi has destroyed more than 1.5 million acres of crops which were almost ready for harvest.

In the south of the country, half of all crops have been entirely wiped out and food prices are soaring. In August, we learned that locusts threatened a large proportion of the newly planted crops planned for the winter harvest. Altogether, 6.7 million people will need food assistance until the end of March 2017.

Christian Aid launched the appeal to its Scottish supporters in July, backed by the Scottish Government, and says that donations have been ‘pouring’ into its offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth.

One of the partner organisations supported by the campaign is Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD), which is supporting over 1000 female-headed households in Nsanje district, in southern Malawi, with cash hand-outs.

These families will receive a monthly supplement of 20,000 Malawian Kwacha (around £21) for the next three months. This small grant will ensure that they can purchase the food they require without having to resort to selling their agricultural tools or livestock.

Susan Wangai, Christian Aid's Programme Funding Officer in Malawi, said: “We handed out the first cash transfers in Nsanje last week, and it was truly humbling to see how much hope it brought to the families.”

You can learn more, and support the appeal, here.


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