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When required, Joshua is able to respond to the emergency needs of communities and get help to where it is needed most. 

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.

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.