With your open-hearted support, we have been able to organize a second wave of emergency food distribution in Mangabe – the isolated community whose future stands on a knife edge following five days of apocalyptic flooding.
To survive, the villagers have turned from farmers to fishers, valiantly scouring their flooded fields for something to put on their family’s plates. Spending all day, waist deep in mud and stagnant water carries many risks. Bilharzia is prevalent. There is no longer the time to search for clean drinking water, increasing the chance of various outbreaks. And the livestock – which represent a family’s savings are missing herdsmen to protect them from bandits – who are taking advantage of the strained community.
The best thing we can offer these people at such a moment is a full belly.
And so; hoisted into trucks, carried into boats, pushed over sandbanks, lifted into ox-carts and dragged through the mud; today four tonnes of rice arrived where it is so desperately needed.
The gruelling logistics of transportation in a flood-devastated area are worth every drop of sweat to see that this truly mattered.