A community is grieving. On Sunday, March 12, 2023, Tropical Cyclone Freddy tore across the southern part of Malawi through the Nsanje district after making landfall off the coast of Mozambique the day before. 326 people died, 201 were missing, 796 were injured, and 180,000 were displaced. In addition, almost 200 acres of agriculture were ruined, most of which were days away from harvest. Large fields of Maize were reduced to the muddy ground in floods that wiped the earth’s surface clean of life-sustaining food. What had been years of development work to create food security was now an empty field and stories of pain and anguish.
And yet, the people of Malawi are determined to recapture, recover, and restore their livelihoods. They are preparing to learn and plan for different hazards that will come their way in the future. We can help. Recovery has started, but we have to help replace the food that was supposed to feed the community for eight to twelve months. We’re partnering with All We Can’s emergency relief fund and Eagles (Malawi) to empower the never give up spirit embodied in the Southern Malawi Spirit.
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