A quick up-date of the situation in flooded Nsanje. The Makoko Foundation is exploring a cooperation with the local Malawian organization SURCOD to support of the most affected families in Nsanje. Both SURCOD and The Makoko Foundation have vulnerable women and girls as their target groups. We hope we can do more on long term rebuilding and support by working together.
Underneath a summary of the situation as it is from January Mvula, of the SURCOD Malawi:
"The flooding coordination is now in the hands of international organisations, all the big organisations such as World Vision, GOAL Malawi, Action Aid, UNICEF, WFP, Concern Worldwide as you know they have a financial muscles, millions of dollars are spent on relief iterms which are temporary in nature. Thus my worry, Instead of being united and work together they are busy showing themselves. They are doing a great job with the crisis, but the interventions lacks sustainable solutions for the affected people. The local organisation we are just observing but we will be with the affected people forever assisting them to come up with sustainable solutions."
Today another 300,- Euro's is send to the local FBO "Hope for the Community". The FBO will be using the money for the support of the worst affected families in the south of Nsanje. Report of the activities of "Hope for the Community" will follow soon.
At the moment the numbers of affected people in Malawi are: 638.000 people affected, 79 dead, 153 missing and 1.5 million of people in need of food assistance (source: CARE Malawi). But to be honest, the numbers are still fluctuating.
More information on SURCOD Malawi: http://surcodmalawi.weebly.com/