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Home  >  News  >  Christian Aid Malawi Appeal Raises Over £250,000

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Christian Aid Malawi Appeal Raises Over £250,000

Monday January 16 2017

The Christian Aid Scotland emergency appeal for Malawi, launched in July last year, has raised over £250,000, it has been announced.

The appeal was launched after the country’s worst food crisis for a decade left over a third of the population without access to enough food.

Reflecting the historical connections between Scotland and Malawi, Christian Aid Scotland launched an unprecedented appeal to its members and the Scottish Government agreed to provide match funding – one of four appeals supported. In total the four charities raised nearly £500,000, which was doubled by the Government.

Writing on the Christian Aid Scotland website last week, Dr Alasdair Allan, the Scottish Minister for International Development, said: “I had to consider the Scottish Government's response to this emergency. I asked my officials to consider how we could bring the situation to the attention of the people of Scotland and get them involved in our response with the possibility of match funding donations.

“This suggestion led to four Scottish NGOs, including Christian Aid, launching appeals to raise funds which the Scottish Government would match.

“I am proud to say that, as a result of your support and the match funding from the Scottish Government's International Development and Climate Justice Funds, Christian Aid raised £267,962 to assist Malawians in their time of need.

“I found Malawi, and the Malawians I met during my recent visit, to be full of energy, enthusiasm and hope. They are ready, with our support, to overcome the many challenges they face and to build a future for themselves and the next generation.”

6.5 million people were thought to be at risk after prolonged drought this year and devastating floods last year caused the failure of two successive harvests.

The other charities who ran appeals were EMMS International, Oxfam Scotland and SCIAF.


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