My name is Dr. Cellina Mlusu-Torimiro, I am a Malawian living in Washington D.C. and I am a pharmacist by profession. I was compelled to start this fund because my heart has been burdened and broken for my home country since finding out about the flood. Such a catastrophic event, all I could think of was to raise as much money as could and get it to those people of Malawi heavily affected. I joined forces with former Miss Malawi, Blandina Khondowe, who has been talking NGO's on my behalf and looking at ways in which we can best effectly reach those people that have not received any aid thus far. Mrs Blandina Khondowe is no stranger to doing nonprofit work to benefit her country of Malawi. As a cancer survivor, she has pioneered a Think Pink Breast cancer Campaign to bring awareness to early detection of breast cancer and treatment. As we are well aware that this is a public funded initiative, we plan to have a paper trail for how the money is spend so you know exactly where and how your money was spent. Thank you!
Malawi has been hit with the worst flood in the history of the country and the government has declared a state of emergency. It's been estimated that 15 out of 28 districts in the country have been declared disaster zones as of Tuesday January 13, 2015.
Malawi is in dire need of international aid as over 100 people are feared to have died when villages were flooded. In the southern region of the country, people, livestock, crops and homes were swept away by flood waters. Some people died as houses collapsed on them.
This appeal is for those living in the diaspora, especially Malawians and friends of Malawi, to make donations which will go directly to helping the people who were heavily hit by this distaster. All for Malawi a non-profit organization set up in the USA will work in association with people in Malawi on the ground who are eager to start the relief efforts. There is a group of people who are finding out exactly what the immediate needs for the people hardest hit by the flood will require in order to start putting their lives back together.
This effort by the people in the diaspora as well as those in Malawi will be very transparent and very efficient in making sure that the funds go to where they are needed most. We have been in talks with the Rotary Club of Blantyre and the Lions Club of Blantyre, and are working on partnering with them for the relief efforts. We know relief efforts are short term goals and need to work on more permanent solutions for the people displaced from their homes. Our main goal is help provide sustainable income opportunities over the next year and that will require a lot of planning both here in the diaspora as well as in Malawi.
Because a lot of farms have been washed off by the flood, this year's crop has been damaged and possible wiped away. This will mean hunger is looming for the following year. A typical Malawi depends on the harvest for food and income so our plan over the year will be to assess how best they can generate income.
Thank you for your support. God bless you!
NB: In response to the multiple inquiry we've been receiving about how these funds will be utilized and the time frame, the answer is simply that we have discussed with notable organizations namely Rotary Club of Blantyre, the Lions Club of Blantyre as well as Jacaranda Orphanage in Malawi as noted in the above description. We will be personally handing the funds over to them and will keep tabs and updates on exactly how and where the funds are going. Honestly, we are not planning on working with big named NGOs because we fear that the funds, in most cases, might end up being spent on administrative stuff and not going directly to the people that really need them. We are working with notable Malawian organizations that we believe are trust worthy to put the funds to good use and to help the people who need it directly. We hope this clarifies any doubt. Also we will be posting pictures of events as they unfold. Please lets keep donating as we have a time frame of the first batch of funds being delivered by the End of January. Thank you and God Bless.