Tropical Cyclone Freddy Response and Recovery project progress in Mulanje Malawi.

 We are delighted to share some heartwarming news that's bound to put a smile on your face! 


CARD, with generous funding from Canadian Food Grains Bank/Presbyterian World Service & Development, is making a significant impact in Malawi with the Tropical Cyclone Freddy Response and Recovery project, right in the heart of TA Juma, Mulanje district.


We aim to bring hope and relief to 2500 incredible beneficiaries at five distribution centers: Khwalala, Namphungo, Luwangwa, Masitala CBO, and Thuchira EPA, who have been touched by the cyclone's devastating effects.

Recent Success: As we speak, from November 3rd to 7th, 2023, we have been distributing essential agricultural inputs to our beneficiaries. The fantastic news is that this operation has been a massive success! The smiles, gratitude, and positivity from the beneficiaries light up our hearts. 

 

They have extended their heartfelt thanks to CARD for connecting them with dedicated Agro Dealers who made the input distribution seamless. These Agro Dealers have worked tirelessly to reach the beneficiaries at the five distribution centers.  Each beneficiary received 10Kg of basal dressing fertilizer, 10Kg Top dressing fertilizer and 5Kg Maize seed early maturity.


But that's not all – this project is a beacon of resilience, as it's not just about providing a helping hand, but it's about empowering the community to get back on their feet. 

Tale of Resilience and Community Support in Ndunde Village, TA Njema, Mulanje District.

We are thrilled to share the positive outcome of our collaboration with Christian Aid officials during our visit to the picturesque Ndunde village, where we had the opportunity to observe the remarkable results of the Post Cyclone Freddy Recovery and Resilience Project.


As we strolled through the picturesque landscape, we were greeted by the lush maize fields of four remarkable beneficiaries. Their success story was evidence to the unwavering dedication of local farmers and the tremendous support provided by the project. We had the privilege of witnessing a thriving tomato garden lovingly cared for by these resilient farmers, who harnessed the seeds provided by the project in August 2023.


The generosity of the Post Cyclone Freddy Recovery and Resilience Project knows no bounds. With open hearts and open hands, the project distributed 2 kilograms of maize seed and 2 kilograms of beans to over 1000 households. Additionally, it extended a helping hand to 430 households, providing tomato and Chinese seeds. This lifeline was offered to the affected households in the TAs Njema and Sunganinzeru regions, providing much-needed support to those in their time of need.

 

CARD Embarks on a Bright New Journey: Unveils Bold 2023-2028 Strategic Plan.


On a radiant Thursday, the 19th of October 2023, we embarked on a momentous and promising journey, officially unveiling our dynamic 2023-2028 strategic plan. The air was filled with optimism as CARD called upon the world to come together to foster community resilience in the face of today's challenges.


Representing this ambitious new blueprint, CARD's Programs Manager, Arthur Lichenya, proudly introduced the theme that will shape our actions for the next five years: "Actions that Count." With unwavering conviction, Lichenya emphasized that the activities and processes outlined in this strategic plan are set to be a catalyst for transformative change within the communities CARD is dedicated to serving. 


Moreover, this bold vision is not confined to Malawi alone; it aspires to extend its reach across southern Africa, strengthening capacities and nurturing community solutions to enhance well-being and resilience.


During the grand launch event at Serendib Hotel in Blantyre, CARD Vice Board Chair, Reverend Dr. Mwawi Chilongozi, highlighted the pressing need for a focused response to climate change. She underscored that climate change is at the root of various challenges faced by the nation. This plan's unveiling symbolizes a commitment to mitigating these challenges and creating a more resilient society.


George Chikuse, the Director of Administration for the Mulanje District Council, was brimming with optimism. He believed that CARD's blueprint would directly address the challenges exacerbated by climate change shocks that his region had experienced. The community leaders and stakeholders present at the launch resonated with this sentiment, recognizing the potential of this strategic plan to bring about positive change.

 

Good News Alert: Food Distribution Brings Hope to Nsanje Community.


Today marked a significant milestone for the community of Group Village Headman Nyachikadza, T/A Nyachikadza in Nsanje, as a generous food distribution event brought smiles and relief to 250 beneficiaries.


Thanks to the collective efforts of Act Alliance Malawi and the hardworking team at CARD, the community received a much-needed lifeline. The distribution included 25 kilograms of maize flour, 10 kilograms of beans, 10 kilograms of soya blend, and 2 liters of cooking oil. 


The event was graced by Act Alliance Malawi Coordinator Felix Minjale and CARD's Deputy Program Manager Lameck Nkhoma, who witnessed firsthand the impact of their partnership and support.


In his heartfelt remarks, Minjale praised CARD for its dedicated work in improving the lives of communities and urged the organization to further collaborate with faith-based institutions in its implementation.
Belita Symon, one of the beneficiaries, could not hold back her tears of joy. She expressed her gratitude, saying that these food items would go a long way in combating hunger issues in her household. Belita's story represents the hope and positivity that this initiative has brought to so many lives.

Part of the Nkhwanikulibe scheme being washed away during Cyclone Freddy.

Assessment Aims to Improve Adaptive Capacities and Lessen Vulnerability to Hazards. Location: Nsanje, Group Village Headman Chithumba, Traditional Authority Mbenje, Malawi.

In a proactive effort to evaluate the community's susceptibility to diverse hazards and formulate strategies to enhance their adaptability, a collaborative effort between All We Can-YCARE and CARD led to the execution of a Participatory Vulnerability Capacity Assessment (PVCA) in Nsanje Group Village Headman (GVH) Chithumba, under Traditional Authority Mbenje, from September 19th to 22nd, 2023.


The community of GVH Chithumba was severely affected by Cyclone FREDDY, which resulted in the loss of 70% of their irrigation scheme due to flooding from the Thangadzi River. The disaster caused damage to pipes, taps, crops, and other essential irrigation tools and equipment. Recognizing the urgent need for support and planning, the PVCA exercise was conducted to address these critical issues.