MUMC & COR reach out to the troubled communities!

On 29th March, 2012, the 15 ton truck arrived in three traditional authorities, Kunthembwe, Kuntaja and Lundu loaded with 300 bags of maize of 50kg each. The Malawi United Methodist church (MUMC) in partnership with the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (COR) from Kansas, USA, were responding to the cry from the office of the Blantyre District Commissioner for urgent food to the people of these communities after a double disaster – drought and heavy rains which destroyed the maize fields.

A truck loaded with 300 bags of maize

The church was visible

Although there is food at a national level, it is not distributed equally throughout the country. There are places like these where even in a good year people simply can’t grow enough food to feed their families until the next harvest. In many communities farmers have assets they can monetize, farm animals or cash crops that they can sell to buy food until the next harvest time. Yet some farmers are so poor that they have no additional resources to sell. So they go hungry, even though 500 meters away there may be a market filled with food.

A cross section of women waiting

Women waiting to go home after receiving a 50kg bag of maize each

Distribution in progress

A boy happily going home after receiving a bag of maize for their household

Distribution in process

Hundreds of needy, malnourished adults and children received the food.

Corn is the main staple in Malawi, but it mostly depends on rain. Some people haven’t harvested much because of the drought. At a national level there is overall food security, because the government works with national figures. But the MUMC & COR work in particular communities where we know there is a food deficit in collaboration with the offices of DCs.

We’ve got to respond to people who are hungry! Thanks to our partners – COR for helping the MUMC to reach out to the needy in Malawi. On behalf of people of Malawi, I say, “Thank you! God bless you” Ambuye akudalitseni!

 

By Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo

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One Response to MUMC & COR reach out to the troubled communities!

  1. Mary Beth says:

    As usual, you have so eloquently stated the situation. I think many people think if there is food available in the markets or in the field, that means there is food for everyone. That is not the case. The poor first suffered through a drought and then punished by severe storms and flooding. Thank you for sharing this story.

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