Malawi and Southern Africa has suffered severe flooding — Francis Botha, ACT/DCA

Situation Overview

Heavy rains have been devastating Malawi since January 5, 2015, and the weather forecast is indicating that the heavy downpours will continue. The rains have caused severe flooding, especially in Chikwawa, Nsanje and Karonga districts.

The flooding, combined with heavy storms, has damaged crops, food items, household assets, livestock, road networks, houses, boreholes and toilets, and has destroyed many homes. More than 70,000 people have been affected, and at least 48 people have died.

PDA Response

As a member of the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together), Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is participating in the rapid response efforts related to this crisis. The PDA assisted response will include assessment and registration of affected communities and the provision of food items such as maize (flour), beans and cooking oil, with special attention given to vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, children under five, people with disabilities and the chronically ill. The assistance will last for a two-month period.

The response will also increase awareness during food distribution of the importance of clean water so that affected families can access clean and safe water only from boreholes and not from unprotected sources to avoid outbreak of cholera and diarrhea.

How you can help

You can stand in the GAP for the people of Malawi and help the church with this response.

Give. Share your financial blessings by designating gifts to DR000158-Malawi and Southern Africa.  Individuals may give through your local Presbyterian congregation, online, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700 
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

Act. Like us on Facebook (PDA Cares) and share updates with your congregation and others.

Pray. Please pray for all those in Malawi who have lost loved ones in the floods, who have lost crops and livelihoods and are struggling to rebuild their homes. Pray also for our partner church, the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) as they minister to families in need.


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