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.
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.
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