Sally, Head of Christian Aid Scotland, reports back on her recent trip to Malawi. There she met people and communities who are transforming lives and working towards a more sustainable, hopeful future.
In March, I had the privilege of spending time in Malawi. It was my first time in the country and I found it an incredible place of hope, determination and resilience.
I was there to strengthen relationships with the Malawian team, meet partners and visit their life-changing projects.
The projects Christian Aid is involved in are transformational because the communities are deeply committed to their own future. They invest time and energy into making these projects work, not only for themselves, but in the hope that their success will mean that other communities benefit.
I visited the solar irrigation projects in Nsanje which are flourishing, in great part, because of the generosity shown during the Malawi Food Crisis Appeal. Thanks to your rapid response, people facing extreme hunger and food insecurity were able to stay with their crops until harvest was ready. The interim support which we provided has fed the future.
I was also welcomed to several other projects. In Balaka, I visited a project which focused on health governance work: advocating for rights to maternal health care and working with community groups to raise awareness of issues around antenatal care and sexual health.
I met with youth workers who offer counselling for abused children, an advice line and website to support education on sexual health and HIV/AIDS. In another community, I saw how people were working to promote sustainable fishing and reforestation.
At the centre of all this amazing work were vibrant, active communities.
Alice Walker, author of ‘The Color Purple’ said: ‘the most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.’
Thanks to your committed partnership, communities are discovering both their power and sustainable, transformational change.
Make a difference with your church
If your church would like to develop a community partnership with a Christian Aid project like those Sally visited, contact Mary Mulligan on 0131 240 1523.