Insect Farming Project: Unveiling the Future of Agriculture.

This week, we unveiled our extraordinary Insect Farming project during a spectacular field day on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. This pioneering project, funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is poised to revolutionize not only farming but also the entire landscape of development in Dzaleka.


At the heart of this endeavor lies the remarkable journey of the Black Soldier Fly (BSF), which undergoes a fascinating transformation through four developmental stages: egg, larvae, pupae, and adult. Harnessing the potential of these incredible insects, CARD's project seeks to empower both People of Concern (POC) and host communities in Dzaleka by leveraging the BSF's unique attributes.


The Black Soldier Fly's star quality comes from its impressive protein content, which soars to a remarkable 50% when it reaches maturity. This protein-rich powerhouse is a game-changer in the world of feed production. The BSF larvae can be utilized directly to nourish fish and chickens, or it can be processed into a high-protein powder. The processing involves a meticulous series of steps, including the humane termination of the larvae, solar drying, and milling, resulting in a versatile and nutritious protein powder.


During the field  day visit, Wiston Sataya, Deputy Director of Irrigation, hailed the Insect Farming project as a true game-changer for the nation's development. He called upon various organizations to join hands and champion this innovative endeavor, recognizing its immense potential to elevate the region's agricultural landscape.


Commissioner for Refugees, General Ignancio Maulana, expressed heartfelt appreciation for CARD's dedicated efforts in Dzaleka. He emphasized how the project is playing a pivotal role in empowering the people of Dzaleka, fostering self-reliance, and driving sustainable development in the region.


But that's not all; the project's benefits extend beyond protein production. As the BSF goes through its transformative stages, it yields valuable byproducts. Liquid fertilizer and bio-fractions are among the treasures harvested, offering a sustainable boost to agricultural productivity.

 

Empowering Communities: CARD's Programs Manager Arthur Lichenya and Christian Aid Country Director Luke Theu embarks on Transformational Visit.

In an inspiring display of commitment to community development, CARD`s programs Manager Arthur Lichenya, accompanied Christian Aid Country Director Luke Theu on a transformative journey this week. On September 28th and 29th, they ventured to the vibrant landscapes of Dowa and Mchinji, where, in partnership with Christian Aid, we are pioneering the "Kuwala Ultra Poor Graduation Project."


Supported by the Financial Access for Rural Market, Smallholders, and Enterprise (FARMSE) through the International Fund for Agricultural (IFAD), this visionary initiative spans 24 months and has its sights set on the communities of Salima, Dowa, and Mchinji Districts. At its core, the project aims to lift households out of the grip of poverty, fostering resilience through sustainable means.


The project's framework is built upon several crucial pillars, Social protection, Livelihoods promotion financial Inclusion Social empowerment and Disaster risk reduction and natural resources management, each a stepping stone towards a brighter future.

 

A glimmer of hope emerges for those affected by Tropical Cyclone Freddy in Phalombe district.

Agnes Kalongonda, a 44-year-old widow from T/A Nkhulambe in Phalombe district, found herself in dire straits after Tropical Cyclone Freddy wreaked havoc on her life. 

"Since the disaster, I have been struggling to source food to feed my six children and my 73-year-old grandmother," she tearfully recounted.

Agnes lost her crops to the devastating floods, leaving her with no means to provide for her family. She had to rely solely on the kindness of her neighbors to put food on the table. However, a glimmer of hope arrived when she received assistance amounting to K80, 000 from the Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) in the wake of the disaster.

With this lifeline, Agnes hurriedly made her way to ADMARC to procure maize, which would provide much-needed relief to her family. Her emotional journey reflects the struggles faced by many families in Phalombe District.

 

Great News from TA Njema, Malawi: Making a Difference in Cyclone Freddy Survivors' Lives!

In a heartwarming update, we are thrilled to share the remarkable progress and positive impact we've achieved in assisting the survivors of Cyclone Freddy in T/A Njema, Malawi. 

With funding from Christian Aid-start fund, CARD has been tirelessly working on a project aimed at providing crucial support to affected households through shelter kits and agricultural inputs.


On Thursday, 14th September, 2023, CARD`s  Programs Manager, Arthur Lichenya, and Christian Aid country representative Luke Theu, paid a special visit to T/A Njema in Mulanje. Their purpose was to witness and celebrate the remarkable progress being achieved in helping the local households. These compassionate leaders came together with one strong message to uplift the spirits of the T/A Njema communities, assuring them of their steadfast support and unwavering commitment.


During the visit, we were deeply moved by the story of Ephraim Fabiano, a father of six from Ndunde village in Mulanje district. He shared with us the devastating impact Cyclone Freddy had on his life, as it left him and his family with nothing. Fabiano recounted how, on that fateful day, he and his family found themselves perched on an anthill for three days without access to food.


Furthermore, Cyclone Freddy had ravaged his farm, which was his source of sustenance. However, a beacon of hope emerged as CARD stepped in, providing them with 2kg of maize seeds and other essential agricultural inputs.

Today, Fabiano proudly tends to a thriving backyard garden where he has successfully cultivated tomatoes.
Overwhelmed with gratitude, Fabiano expressed his heartfelt appreciation, saying, "I would like to express my gratitude for giving us help in times of our need. We are even grateful for the training we were given in cultivating these products."

 

Hope has a new address: Khwalala TA Juma, Mulanje district, as a Cash Transfer Program takes Flight.

On Wednesday 13th September, 2023 in a picturesque setting of Khwalala, TA Juma, Mulanje district a ray of hope emerged as we officially launched the transformative Cash Transfer Program under the banner of the Tropical Cyclone and Recovery project.


This initiative, laser-focused on aiding 2500 households battered by the ravages of tropical storm Freddy, is set to usher in a new era of relief and prosperity. By harnessing the power of cash transfers, the project has set its sights on three critical objectives: vanquishing hunger, combating malnutrition, and championing gender equality in the very heart of the humanitarian crisis.


Here is the game-changing part:  Every participating household will receive a lifeline of K50, 700.00, providing them with the vital resources they need to stand tall once more. Furthermore, each beneficiary will be granted a voucher worth a whopping K75, 000. This golden ticket can be exchanged for 10 kilograms of basal dressing fertilizer, 10 kilograms of top dressing fertilizer, and 5 kilograms of high-quality maize seeds.


In a heartwarming declaration of support CARD`s Programs Manager, Arthur Lichenya, stood before the resilient communities of TA Juma during program`s Launch and made a pledge that’s set to light up their lives.
"Today, I stand before you as a representative of CARD, and I want to assure each and every member of this remarkable community that we are here to ensure your lives not only recover but flourish," said Lichenya, radiating optimism.