2 July 2012

Malawi Needs Support for Flood Affected Households

Photo: WFP/ Brenda Barton
Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries and is highly prone to natural disasters.

Anglican Alliance's Malawi appeal

Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries and is highly prone to natural disaster every year. The Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi (ANGSOMA) is working to support the affected communities and would like to share their situation and also ask for help from brothers and sisters around the Anglican Communion.

The targeted areas of this appeal are the districts of Chikhwawa and Nsanje, Southern Malawi. These two districts lie in flood zone along the Shire River valley in southern Malawi. The communities living in these areas are every year exposed to flooding or associated damage, including destruction of their homes, washing away of their gardens and crops, scarcity of food in the month's ahead, diseases (cholera and other diarrhoeal) outbreaks. Apart from trying to assist them with relief, ANGSOMA wishes to empower the communities to manage the disasters or avoid their effects in advance through advocacy and sensitisation campaigns.

You can read more about this year's flooding disaster in the OCHA Situation Report Southern Africa flood and cyclone and in the Report from IFRC.

The request from the diocese is as follows:

Objective of the response:

To support 1 000 women and children in households that have been affected by floods in Nsanje and Chikhwawa Districts through:

Supporting affected communities especially women and children with relief items.

Enhancing community knowledge and control of malaria and other waterborne diseases in their areas.

Advocating for mechanisms to reduce disasters and manage and monitor the relief program.

Targeted community: Villages in the Traditional Authorities Mulolo and Katunga.

Number of beneficiaries: 1 000 women and children

Timeframe: April 2012 to January 2013.

Who is responsible for implementing the response: Environmental Health Department, ANGSOMA.

Item

Number

Cost of the items USD

Foods Stuffs

Maize

1 000 bags

10 000

Cooking oil

250 litres

1 000

Medicines

Drugs (chlorine, ACT, vitamins)

1 540 doses

4 000

Mosquito nets

500 nets

3 000

Other materials

Beddings (blankets)

500

2 000

Cloths

1 170 pieces

3 500

Plastic sheets, 20 m lengths

140 lengths

500

Farm inputs

1 170 packs

3 500

Other logistics

Awareness meetings

7 sessions

1 000

Fuels/Supervision

7 sessions

1 000

Admin of relief cost

Lump sum

1 000

Total

30 500

If you would like to contribute to this appeal, please send your donations to the following account:

Name: Church of the Province of Central Africa

Foreign Currency Denominated Account: 293059

Bank: National Bank of Malawi

Branch: Zomba Service Centre

P. O. Box 13

Zomba

Swift Code: NBMAMWMW006

(This information has been supplied in a format that conforms to draft relief guidelines and online forms which are being developed by the Anglican Alliance.)

The Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi will provide updates about the evolution of the situation and how resources have been used to respond to this emergency. The Anglican Alliance will post the report back on this appeal.

If you wish to make a comment on the guidelines or on this appeal, please contact: tania.nino@aco.org

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