When required, Joshua is able to respond to the emergency needs of communities and get help to where it is needed most.
Recent heavy rain in parts of Malawi caused by cyclone Idai has resulted in severe flooding. Current Government statistics indicate that a total of 45 deaths and 577 injuries have been recorded. A total of 147,958 households (approximately 739,790 people) have been affected and 15,186 households have been displaced with 187 camps established.
For Joshua communities affected by this, the main problem is houses that are damaged or destroyed meaning that many people have become homeless. The Lower Shire region is the most badly affected but the Blantyre, Mulanje and Zomba areas also badly hit. Tiyamike (pictured) was totally cut off as all three bridges are down – at least one was a bridge that Joshua had helped to construct. Ten families moved into Mwandika community-based childcare centre as their houses fell down. One of the classrooms at Chigumukiri Secondary School has been badly damaged, and many bridges are broken.
We are in touch with these communities and assessing what help will be required, particularly in terms of rebuilding and we are currently distributing plastic sheeting as it looks like the cyclone and heavy rains will return risking further damage to homes.
We have launched an appeal to help raise funds to support these communities and help them get back on their feet.
If you would like to donate then please click below to visit our appeal page:
For regular updates on how we are supporting our communities please visit our Facebook Page.
Severe food shortages in 2016: Many communities were affected by severe food shortages – an impact of the previous years flooding. Joshua helped with food supplies to vulnerable families, feeding of children through community-based childcare centres and seed packs.
Flooding in 2015: Joshua communities were badly affected by the heavy rains and cyclone in January 2015, declared a national disaster by the Malawian government. Many families sought refuge in Joshua buildings. Our response addressed the immediate needs on the ground but also sought to minimise longer-term hazards faced by vulnerable families. Blankets, food, clothing, plastic sheeting and sanitation items were distributed. Cassava seedlings and sweet potato vines were given to 1,100 families to increase household food security. We also supported house rebuilding for the most vulnerable families.