Fatima Baela is 43, married and has five children. She lives in Nsanje where Christian Aid's partner Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) began supporting over 1,000 female-headed households with small cash transfers in August.
Fatima was unable to harvest anything after severe drought stunted her maize crops. She and her husband tried to make ends meet by taking on odd jobs. But it still wasn't enough to buy food and the family were surviving on one meal a day made from lily tubers.
As odd jobs became more scarce, Fatima started to feel that they had no future and she didn't know how they would survive. She thought that her family would die of hunger.
Thanks to your support, CARD was able to give Fatima a supplement of 20,000 Malawian Kwacha (around £21). This small grant ensured that her family could purchase the food they required without having to sell their agricultural tools or livestock.
‘The coming in of the cash transfer ... is a miracle to me.'
Fatima said, 'The coming in of the cash transfer by CARD has transformed us a lot. Through it, I received 20,000 Kwacha which enabled me to buy a bag of maize, cooking oil and three packets of sugar. My family is now able to eat three meals per day. This is a miracle to me. Thank you very much.'
In October, the Scottish Government pledged to increase its match funding of our appeal to up to £140,000. This additional match funding will double donations from individuals, churches and Christian Aid groups across Scotland and beyond until the end of November*.
The increased funds will, in turn, support 2,100 vulnerable households through cash transfers, seed distribution and village savings and loan groups.
With your help, we will continue to support Fatima and families like hers until the next harvest. Please continue to give generously.
Support the appeal
You can read case studies from Malawi, find prayers for those affected and donate to the appeal on our website.
And, if you'd like to hold a collection in your church, you can download an appeal poster and order emergency appeal envelopes from your local office.
The Scottish Government will match every pound raised* by Christian Aid – meaning we can transform the lives of those in Malawi affected by climate-induced food crisis.
*Up to £140,000, on public donations received between 14 July 2016 and 30 November 2016. Please make your donation by Friday 25 November if you can.
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