Rebuild Wells for the Malawi Flood
Organized by: Kiri McCart
Malawi is among the least-developed countries in the world, with high instances of poverty, AIDS, and food insecurity. In early 2015, Malawi suffered heavy flooding which affected over a million people and displaced 336,000 people from their homes. Aside from affecting hundreds of thousands of Malawians, the flood waters devastated rural farmlands and infrastructure in the Nsanje District, washing away an estimated 64,000 hectares of farmland. The people who worked these fields are subsistence farmers, almost entirely reliant upon the land to produce food for themselves and their families. Following the destruction of their only means of self-sustenance, many families face a future where persistent hunger is part of everyday life. All Hands Volunteers saw the danger these families are in and opened Project Malawi in August 2015. Working alongside the farmers who will ultimately benefit from this project, volunteers are hand digging and bricking 48 shallow irrigation wells in two farming cooperatives outside the town of Muona. I will be going to Malawi as a volunteer with All Hands Volunteers for one month to rebuild irrigation wells and am requesting donations to help with the expenses of getting there, staying there, and depending on how much I am able to fundraise, additional tools and supplies for the project. Tools needed are pick axes, hoes, augers, trowels, floats, and cement. It would be great to also fundraise for some after school programs for the neighboring children like a carnival, movie night, etc... just so they can have fun!