Food Crisis in Malawi and an Opportunity to Help Children during Domestic Disasters

Food Crisis in Malawi

During the 2011/2012 rainy season, the Southern African nation of Malawi was severely impacted by flooding and erratic rainfall.  As a result of the floods, a majority of crops have either been submerged in water or washed away completely. When farmers replanted following the dry spells, worms attacked their crops. Likewise, during the time when water and moisture content was critical for plant growth, dry spells resulted in wilting of plants leading to low crop yields. People displaced by the effects of this extreme weather sought shelter in some upper lands and government offices.

This pattern of flooding and drought has severely impacted the food security situation of communities in Malawi. Forecasts show that an estimated total population of 1,630,007 will need food assistance in the 2012/2013 consumption season in this nation of 14.8 million people.

Week of Compassion is providing support through ACT Alliance partners who are focusing efforts in several regions where they have the presence and capacity to respond:

  1. Assisting 15,280 people with food aid for seven months.
  2. Ensuring recovery of the affected populations through implementing recovery activities. 
  3. Reducing morbidity and mortality among children under the age of five and the affected population for a period of 3-5 months, by providing clean water and education concerning sanitation and hygiene.
  4. Preventing acute malnutrition in children under the age of five and preventing nursing and pregnant women from reaching levels of moderate to severe malnutrition for a period of five months.
  5. Providing psychosocial and other critical services to the affected communities.

Such assistance will help provide a transitioning bridge for the affected communities until the next harvest season, as well as providing skills and services that will meet related physical and mental health needs.

Thank you, as always, for your generous support of Week of Compassion.  Your commitment to emergency needs has allowed us to respond to this crisis.  Likewise, your support of sustainable development projects through Week of Compassion helps us partner with communities in Malawi and beyond to build new capacities for farming and maintaining food security.  If you feel called to respond to this life-giving, hope-building ministry, please visit here.

Thanks be to God for your generous hearts!

Children’s Disaster Services Fall Workshop Schedule

Week of Compassion’s partners at Children’s Disaster Services have planned a number of workshops for the fall of 2012.  Since 1980 Children’s Disaster Services has been caring for children after disasters in shelters and assistance centers by providing specially trained and certified volunteers to care for children who have experienced a disaster.  Volunteers provide a calm, safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by a disaster.  All workshops are open to anyone over the age of 18.  Please visit the CDS website for more information.  To register online, visit here.

Workshops are being held in the following areas:

Johnson City, Texas
September 7-8, 2012

Johnson City United Methodist Church
105 North LBJ Drive
Johnson City, Texas 78636
Contact: Nancy McDougall E-Mail:  325-388-3752 (h) 210-416-1196 (c) or
Children’s Disaster Services, 410-635-8735, or 800-451-4407, option 5

Modesto, California
October 5-6, 2012

Modesto Church of the Brethren
2301 Woodland Ave
Modesto, CA 95358
Contact Diana Messamer – e-mail  209 601-1070 (c)  or
Children’s Disaster Services, 410-635-8735, or 800-451-4407, option


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
October 5-6, 2012

New Hope Christian Church
12323 South Pennsylvania Ave
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Contact:  Sean Shenold - e-Mail 405 885-7739 (c) or
Children’s Disaster Services, 410-635-8735, or 800-451-4407, option 5


Rodney, Michigan
October 12-13, 2012

Camp Brethren Heights
9478 Brethren Heights Rd.
Rodney, MI 49342
Contact Erica Fitzpatrick e-mail:  616-532-1634 (h) 616-550-1278 (c) or
Children’s Disaster Services, 410-635-8735, or 800-451-4407, option 5


Orlando, Florida *
October 27-28, 2012 (Saturday-Sunday)

Camp Ithiel
2037 Hempel Avenue
Gotha, Florida 34734
Contact:  Judy Bezon – e-mail  410 635-8734 (w) or
Children’s Disaster Services, 410-635-8735, or 800-451-4407, option 5

*This workshop is being offered in conjunction with the yearly conference of the International Association of Emergency Managers and the American Red Cross in Central Florida.  Both IAEM and community members are welcome to register.  The cost of this workshop is $75. 


Denver, Colorado
November 2-3, 2012   

Highland Christian Church
3401 West 29th Ave
Denver, CO 80211
Contact Donna Killen – e-mail  (h) 303-838-7321  (c) 720-935-4205  or   
Children’s Disaster Services, 410-635-8735, or 800-451-4407, option 5