Empowering Communities: Hope in Nsanje's fight against Loss and Damage.

In the face of adversity, dreams are often the seeds of hope that keep communities resilient. In Nsanje, the dream of overcoming the effects of Loss and Damage is becoming a vibrant reality.


Gratitude fills the air as communities from Group Village Mambundungu, Traditional Authority Malemia in Nsanje, express their joy at the transformative power of micro grants provided by CARD. These micro grants are not just financial assistance; they are lifelines, empowering communities to reduce the impact of flash floods and forge a path towards resilience.


CARD's visionary approach to project ownership, sustainability and accountability is empowering local structures to take charge of their own destiny. Through training and collaboration, communities are designing and implementing early actions to mitigate forecasted disasters, with the Village Disaster Risk Management Committees (VDRMCs) at the helm, crafting proposals that draw from existing contingency plans aimed at Disaster Risk Reduction.

Hope blooms for Mr. John Mbendera: A story of resilience and renewed Prosperity.

In the heart of Phalombe district, nestled along the banks of the Phalombe River, lies the village of Group Village Headman (GVH) Tamani, home to Mr. John Mbendera, a 58-year-old farmer with a story of resilience and hope. With a wife and five children depending on him, Mr. Mbendera's livelihood has long been sustained by his crop farming activities. However, his world was rocked in 2023 when Tropical Cyclone Freddy wreaked havoc on his main crop field, leaving him grappling with the aftermath.


Mr. Mbendera, a dedicated member of the GVH Tamani Village Natural Resources Management Committee (VNRC), was one of the 7,855 project participants enrolled in the Lake Chilwa Basin Project goat distribution program in 2023.

 
With funding from Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA), Scottish Catholic International Fund (SCIAF) and Trocaire Malawi, we are implementing this initiative to safeguard the biodiversity of the Lake Chilwa catchment area while strengthening community resilience to alleviate household poverty. 


Among its various interventions, the project supports VNRCs by providing goats through a pass-on program and supplying beehives to engage in beekeeping enterprises, thus empowering them to manage Village Forest Areas effectively. Owing to his unwavering commitment and hard work within the VNRC, Mr. Mbendera was honored as one of the initial five recipients of goats from the Tamani VNRC, he was awarded five goats, a gift that proved to be more than just livestock but a lifeline towards a brighter future. With four she-goats and one he-goat in tow, Mr. Mbendera embarked on a journey of empowerment.

 

Mwanza district embarks on a humanitarian journey.

Today, February 7th, 2024, marks the dawn of a remarkable initiative in Mwanza district as CARD and Christian Aid unveil their latest endeavor: a groundbreaking Humanitarian Emergency Response project! 


Filled with optimism and unwavering commitment, representatives from CARD and Christian Aid came together to present this vital project to the esteemed members of District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) in Mwanza. And the excitement was palpable!


With support from the Scottish government through Christian Aid the project is not just about numbers; it's about touching lives. Over the span of two months—February and March—this initiative aims to reach out to 3,100 individuals across the three Traditional Authorities of Nthache, Kanduku, and Govati. 


Each project participant will receive a significant cash sum of K69, 250 per month, providing crucial support during times of need. However the cash for the two months shall be paid once in February which means each project participant shall receive K138,500.

Impactful Journey towards Community Resilience.

In a week characterized by collaborative efforts and unwavering commitment, Trocaire, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA), Catholic Development Commission (CADECOM)-Zomba, Give Directly and several district council departments joined us for a collective monitoring visit.

This initiative, conducted under the Loss and Damage Action Research project, unfolded a comprehensive assessment of partner activities across diverse districts.


On the 23rd of January 2024, the team descended upon Group Village Headman (GVH) Mambundungu and Group Village Headman (GVH) Mtemangawa in Nsanje district, followed by a visit to Group Village Headman Mbalu and Makawa, Traditional Authority Mwambo in Zomba District on Thursday 25th January, 2024. 


The journey marked a pivotal moment for learning and reflection, aimed at enhancing community service. It provided a unique opportunity to scrutinize the implementation of activities, particularly in areas affected by floods, where resilient community members had been relocated.


The team ventured into the heart of the impact, visiting GVH Mambundungu in Nsanje where CARD has established weather monitoring stations, provided a training to Disaster Risk Management Committees-DRMC in psycho-social support, capacity building and micro grants. This initiative empowers the community to identify disaster hotspots and respond autonomously, additionally CARD has installed playground equipment in 3 schools and undertook the strategic planting of giant bamboos, symbolizing our commitment to community resilience.

Transformative Journey Unveils Brighter Future for Lake Chilwa Basin Communities.

As he continues his transformative exploration of CARD’s work across the country, Our Executive Director, Melton Luhanga, conducted field visits on January 22nd and 23rd, 2024, in Zomba and Machinga districts. He visited Group Village Headman Bimbi in Traditional Authority Kuntumanji, Zomba district and Group Village Headman Mitawa in Traditional Authority Chamba, Machinga district.

The purpose of these visits was to gain a firsthand understanding and appreciation for the remarkable progress achieved through the "Community Led Planning and Management for Biodiversity Protection and Resilient Communities in the Catchment Area of Lake Chirwa" project.


With funding from Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA), Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) and Trocaire Malawi, the project extends across three districts surrounding the Lake Chilwa Basin. The initiative aims to foster the development of environmentally and economically sustainable, resilient communities by focusing on the restoration, sustainable management and protection of the biodiversity in the catchment area of the Basin.