Local charity F.R.O.M. Scotland (Famine Relief for Orphans in Malawi) is appealing for funds to assist in Southern Malawi after devastating floods have hit an area where they operate.
The floods have caused more than 200 fatalities, have left over 200,000 people homeless, and have devastated crops leaving many facing increased hardships.
F.R.O.M. Scotland are channelling aid to Dr Tracy Morse who is working for the charity in the area, and a have already despatched £4,500 which has been used to buy basic supplies delivered by helicopter to areas cut off by flooding.
Dr Morse said that the support so far has made a huge difference, “All the money donated and facilitated has been spent so far on: Likuni phala (2 tonnes); blankets (200); mosquito nets (200); Kapenta (dried fish) (100kg); soya pieces (6000 pkts); soap (480 kg); salt (40kg); sugar (50kg); fuel and charcoal. Also added to that are the various bags of food and clothing that you all generously gave.
“With the funds I have left I will be adding some more food stuffs as well as some parts for borehole repairs in camps for displaced families.
“Thanks to you all for the help and support. The Disaster Committee in Chikwawa really, really appreciated the assistance.”
Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs have identified around 50,000 households requiring immediate food assistance and an urgent requirement for 3000 tents and plastic sheeting for repairs.
116,000 farmers have been directly affected, with 32,000 hectares of farm land flooded.
In the longer term, more than 240 schools have been damaged and countless educational supplies lost and facilities ruined, and emergency educational supplies will also be required.
F.R.O.M. Scotland will hold a fundraising Soup Lunch this Sunday, January 25, in Chapel of Garioch Hall, from 12-2pm.
The Scotland Malawi Partnership are using F.R.O.M. Scotland to channel aid directly to where it is needed most. Money is urgently needed to purchase the following main items in the first instance: maize and beans; mosquito nets; plastic to waterproof houses and provide emergency latrines; plastic cups and plates and blankets. To donate or for further ways to help please visit www.fromscotland.org.uk.