Urgent Relief Needed For Malawi

I am posting this on behalf of a very close friend of mine, Adnan Zulfiqar. He is doing some very needed work on behalf of the people of Malawi, who are attempting to recover after a spate of devastating floods. Please read and donate if you can.

Greetings all,

I hope this message finds you well in your respective places. I am writing to let you know (and solicit your support) for some work we are doing in Malawi (southern Africa) as a result of the recent floods that have devastated half the country. Malawi, as many of you know, is one of the poorest countries in Africa and heavily reliant on their agricultural economy, which has been shattered by these floods. In addition, there are significant fears about various diseases, like cholera, spreading as a result of the standing water.

A group of individuals I am involved with under the title Banja Umodzi (meaning “One Family” in Chichewa, the language spoken in Malawi) is organizing a multi-phase effort to help address some of the needs of Malawians impacted by these floods. Specifically, we will be focusing on the town of Phalombe (and its surrounding areas). We are initially hoping to support 100 families with their basic needs through relief packages we are putting together. These packages will support an entire family for one week. They include both household and food items. The cost of one package is $25. The packages will be delivered directly to Phalombe by our team based in Blantyre. All of your donations will go to relief – Banja Umodzi will cover all administrative costs. Our hope is to provide additional relief over the next month or so as the rainy season concludes. This additional aid will include medicines as well.

The next phase will be rebuilding. We are still working out the details, but our hope is to build 50 homes in the Phalombe area. These homes will contain multiple rooms, be made of concrete and brick and be able to withstand these floods. The construction will be done by local builders in Phalombe with the goal of supporting the local economy as well. We currently approximate that the cost of 1 home for a family of 5 will be $300. Stay tuned for details.

If you would like to donate, please visit www.youcaring.com/1malawi for more details.

To learn more about the situation in Malawi, you can read the following article: www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jan/14/malawi-flooding-torrential-rain-mozambique.

Thank you in advance for your kindness.