Recent extensive flooding in Malawi has led to widespread damage and destruction in Southern Malawi. Dozens of people have died and hundreds have been injured. Many homes have been damaged or destroyed forcing thousands of people to be displaced. Water sources have been contaminated and water-borne diseases, as well as Cholera and Malaria outbreaks, are posing serious health risks.
The PCC’s mission staff in Malawi, the Rev. Dr. Blair and Vivian Bertrand, are reporting on events taking place. “Now the really difficult part begins,” says Blair. “Close to half a million people live in compromised housing, many with contaminated water and without adequate food. The population of Malawi is incredibly young: 46% of the population is under 15, so that half a million includes about 200,000 children.”
The Rev. Dr. Blair and Vivian Bertrand are currently serving a three-year appointment with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in the Synod of Blantyre. Blair’s assignment focuses on education and youth ministry. He is working with Zomba Theological College, Theological Education by Extension in Malawi (TEEM), and he is affiliated with the Blantyre Synod youth department. Vivian is appointed to work with Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD).
“…we call upon you to join the CCAP Blantyre Synod in sympathizing with all the people who are trapped in this catastrophic incidence and the support for these thousands of people that are displaced and rendered homeless, missing and injured. These vulnerable people urgently need food, clothing, utensils, shelter and many other things.”
—The Rev. Alex Benson Maulana, General Secretary, Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, Blantyre Synod, Malawi
Donate to Relief Efforts
The PCC is accepting donations through Presbyterian World Service & Development to help our partners and victims of the flooding recover from this emergency situation. Donate today and designate your gift “Malawi Flood Relief,” and please keep the victims of the flooding in your prayers.