Impactful Journey towards Community Resilience.

Impactful Journey towards Community Resilience.

In a week characterized by collaborative efforts and unwavering commitment, Trocaire, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA), Catholic Development Commission (CADECOM)-Zomba, Give Directly and several district council departments joined us for a collective monitoring visit.

This initiative, conducted under the Loss and Damage Action Research project, unfolded a comprehensive assessment of partner activities across diverse districts.

On the 23rd of January 2024, the team descended upon Group Village Headman (GVH) Mambundungu and Group Village Headman (GVH) Mtemangawa in Nsanje district, followed by a visit to Group Village Headman Mbalu and Makawa, Traditional Authority Mwambo in Zomba District on Thursday 25th January, 2024. 

The journey marked a pivotal moment for learning and reflection, aimed at enhancing community service. It provided a unique opportunity to scrutinize the implementation of activities, particularly in areas affected by floods, where resilient community members had been relocated.

The team ventured into the heart of the impact, visiting GVH Mambundungu in Nsanje where CARD has established weather monitoring stations, provided a training to Disaster Risk Management Committees-DRMC in psycho-social support, capacity building and micro grants. This initiative empowers the community to identify disaster hotspots and respond autonomously, additionally CARD has installed playground equipment in 3 schools and undertook the strategic planting of giant bamboos, symbolizing our commitment to community resilience.

A highlight of the visit included witnessing youths being trained in various vocational skills, such as bricklaying, showcasing the project's commitment to sustainable community development. Additionally, the rehabilitation of boreholes in GVH Mbalu, TA Mwambo, Zomba District, showcased the tangible impact of the Loss and Damage Action Research Project.

Funded by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) and Trocaire, the project focused on addressing Loss and Damage issues by engaging communities in establishing modalities for protection, safety services, infrastructure rehabilitation, resilient household development, natural resource conservation and strengthening early warning systems.

In essence, this collaborative effort represents a significant stride towards building resilient communities, fostering sustainable practices and empowering individuals to navigate the challenges of climate change with innovative disaster management systems. The positive impact witnessed during the monitoring visit underscores the dedication and effectiveness of the Loss and Damage Action Research Project in making a real difference in the lives of those affected.


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