N4BW volunteer and teacher trainer Bridget Fenwick writes....... I am just back from Malawi, a rural village called Sitima. It is about 25 kms NE of Zomba. You reach it by dirt roads that turn in to just tracks after 10 or so kms from the town. Last year at this time there were terrible floods which meant most of the maize crop was diminished and people have survived on a fraction of their previous food, this last 12 months. This year, however there will be even less food due to a terrible drought. Fields of maize are completely ruined and where there should be large healthy cobs of corn, there is literally nothing but dried up plants. Families, children, young and old alike are hungry and will be for a good part of the next year, unless they can get food aid. I appeal to you, please if anyone thinks they can contribute just a little ( the amount you might spend on luxuries or extras?)
All the money will go directly to those affected regardless of their faith.
a 50 kg sack of maize - that costs £14- will feed a family of 6 for 3 weeks if they only have one meal a day; for 2 weeks if they have two meals a day. Each meal costs about 11p and you can feed an adult for under a £1 a week!