The arrival of covid19 in Malawi has fuelled concern about the already dramatic situation (food insecurity, malaria, HIV/AIDS, typhoid, cholera). But it is precisely the lack of water and the precariousness of sanitation and hygiene facilities that make the risk of contagion alarming. If the virus is not contained, the country will face another tragic pandemic and the poorest villages and vulnerable people will still suffer the worst consequences.
To avoid the worst, the government has issued severe restrictions, closing schools, activities and banning travel and gatherings, including markets. This lockdown is only worsening the poverty and hunger emergency for many families.
For our children attending kindergartens and schools run by our local partner (the St. John's Development Centre), going to school is the only way to have a nutritious meal guaranteed; many parents cannot provide enough food for their children and, with the school closed, many children risk falling into the malnutrition/nutrition trap.
We've come up with a temporary solution which is the installation of hand-washing devices.
Thank you for your help, more important than ever !
April is aproaching as well as this year sowing season.
Last year harvest was not really good because of the hard rains and the floods that striked the Mangochi region but, thanks to the pumps we donated, our families managed to harvest enough to get through the year.
This was a great achievement alredy but for this year we hope the weather will be kinder so that our families will be able to harvest not just enough but enough to feed themselves and their whole village with some products to spare so that they can sell them and make a small profit from their work.
Seeing what was achievable with this pumps, we hope to donate more of them to other families and villages of the region so that they can improve their harvest and get free from the ghost of malnutrition
April will be a great month also for us because father Kimu will come back to Italy! He'll come visit us and our donors to thank them directly for all the good we they doing for his community and tell us about his work.
We can't wait to see him.
We'll let you now any news he brings with him.
In the meanwhile thank you for all you've done and will do for our families in Mangochi and we hope you will continue helping us making the difference in their lives.
This year the monitoring trip was carried out by four young volunteers: Marco and Miriam, who decided to go to visit Aleimar's Projects in Malawi for their honeymoon, Davide, a recent medical graduate who is putting his skills at the Mangochi hospital, and Andrea, who is conducting a thesis research on the impact that this project has on the entire community.
During their stay in the country, they met the families who benefited from the pedal pumps and, in collaboration with Kimu and the agronomist, contributed to the preparation of a training program with practical and theoretical lessons on innovative and environmentally agricultural techniques and on the correct use of the pedal pump.
The first meetings were for 10 people: 2 men and 8 women. A first difficulty encountered is due to the low level of literacy of the participants, but, thanks to the help of the young volunteers, some moments of teaching were cut out, from learning the alphabet to the simplest operations.
It was really exciting to see women write their names for the first time!
A special thank you goes to Marco, Miriam, Davide and Andrea who put themselves in the game for families and children in difficulty. But an even greater thank you goes to all those who contribute to the project and who give a hope of redemption.
Waiting to meet our local referent Kimu, just returned to Italy for a short time, here are the latest updates on the project:
Due to heavy rains the season of the last harvest was rather poor; this was also confirmed by the Tiyende Pamodzi Group which, composed of local volunteers and coordinated by the local contact Aleimar Marina, supports and provides assistance to people with disabilities and children in the different villages of the district. In December, thanks to your valuable contribution, we donated two pedal pumps to two volunteers of the group: Unfortunately Mbwana Watch "of Mtuluko Village failed to plant anything due to the flood, but now that it has cleared the ground, he is ready to plant tomatoes.It went better for the volunteer Yahaya said that between April and May he had planted cabbages and tomatoes and, despite the delay in the application of pesticides due to the lack of sprinklers, he is getting a decent harvest and with what proceeds from the sale can buy a sprayer!
In the last three months we have managed to buy two more pedal pumps that will soon be donated to two new families! We hope that the climate is mild and guarantees a better crop that can ensure food and a profitable sale!
Finally, we wish you a pleasant journey to discover the Aleimar projects in Malawi, to Miriam and Marco, two volunteers who have decided to make a wedding of solidarity, and to Andrea and Davide, two young graduating students. We are waiting for your news!
We have fresh news for you from our project! Angela, our project leader in Namwera came back to Milan and we recently met her. She told us that in Mangochi there is still a need for new pedal pumps, to allow every family the access to water. Father Kimu said that the harvest doubles or even triple using the pedal pumps. It is easy to understand how these pedal pumps really improve the lives of these families. In Namwera, instead, which is a hilly area, it is difficult to find water at a superficial level, reachable by a pedal pump. For this reason, the project will focus in the future on the Mangochi area, where this system is more effective.
Moreover, the 21st of May, presidential election were held in Malawi. The former President Mutharika should be confirmed, but scrutiny is still being carried out.
We want thank you for you support, also on behalf of all the families you are helping!
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