March 20, 2019

Over the last two week the southern region of Malawi has been hit with devastating heavy rainfall and severe flooding. The Mulanje Mission Hospital (MMH) is located near the southern region and has been affected by the flooding. Though it is still raining in Mulanje it is believed the torrential rains are coming to an end and the damage is being assessed. Below you will find a note from Dr. Ruth Shakespeare, our mission partner on the ground and the medical director of MMH.  

Thank you to all of you who have been concerned for MMH during the recent floods, have been praying for us and have sent messages of support. We did have very heavy rains here, and severe flooding in some areas, but have been fortunate to only catch the edge of cyclone Idai and have not suffered the severity of damage seen in the far south of Malawi, Mozambique and eastern Zimbabwe.

Nevertheless, there is considerable reparation to do to restore water and sanitation in the villages in MMH catchment area, and, to avoid the common aftermaths of such floods such as outbreaks of cholera, this must be done quickly. Some houses have collapsed, and crops have been destroyed, but our immediate priority is safe water and sanitation. 

We currently estimate that about 4000 toilets have collapsed, and 3 villages are in urgent need of new boreholes to ensure a safe water supply. It will cost $27 to provide the basic building materials for the community to rebuild a pit latrine. A new borehole and pump is a larger enterprise, costing $5300. Any help that can be offered will be gratefully received here, we will provide a full report on the work done in due course.

All Good Wishes from Mulanje,

Ruth

 

To contribute to the cost of the rebuilding after the flood you put a check in the offering plate or drop it off at the office. You can click the link below and donate online. Be sure to choose “Malawi Flood” in the drop-down box under giving type.

 Checks can be made out to BPC with the MEMO LINE: Malawi flood.

 And continue to be in prayer for the people of Malawi as they work to recover from this natural disaster.


Scripture Readings for March 24, 2019
Third Sunday of Lent
Isaiah 55:1-9
Psalm 63:1-8
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Luke 13:1-9