For years, we have seen the desperate need in Malawi and we have responded with food. One of our partners is Iris Africa who distributes food each month to 1,500 vulnerable households to help these families survive their impoverished circumstances. The food is given to children, the elderly, people sick with HIV/AIDs, widows, orphans, the blind and disabled. The majority of the homes consist of grandmothers caring for their orphaned grandchildren.
Recently, we received this update from David Morrison, executive director of Iris Africa, Malawi:
The devastating floods of January and February 2015 destroyed over 220,000 acres of food production; left 230,000 people homeless; killed 195,000 cows, pigs and goats; and took the lives of 106 people. 172 people are still missing. Food insecurity was compounded by the failure of the winter harvest (August 2015) due to a drought that plagued the nation between April 2015 through October 2015 during which time not a drop of rain has fallen. Thousands of flood victims have been left without any purchasing power and recovery is extremely slow.
At Iris Africa, the Lord has called us to care for the widows and the orphans. We are positioned to play a vital role in relieving the suffering of the poor. The task at hand is overwhelming and at times paralyzing. We do only what we know, following the example of Jesus to bless the one in front of us. The crowds are daunting but helping the hurting child before us is achievable.
Thank you very much for providing MannaPack fortified rice-soy meals so that we can help vulnerable and orphaned children and their care-givers. By working together we can make a difference and save many lives, one child at a time.