Empowering communities through Integrated Homestead Farming (IHF).

In the village of Kampila, under Traditional Authority Ndamera in Nsanje district, CARD implemented transformative movement: Integrated Homestead Farming (IHF) which is a beacon of hope for families like that of Felix George Fombe, a 52-year-old husband to Ntchai Lolesi and father of five – a son and four daughters.

IHF is not merely about growing crops and rearing small stock; it's a holistic approach aimed at enhancing household food security and combating micronutrient deficiencies. With its focus on producing diverse and nutritious food while generating income, IHF has become a cornerstone of the Community Led Disaster Preparedness and Management through Scaling and Institutionalizing Local Led Approaches project.

Under the guidance of CARD, funded by Norwegian Church Aid-Danish Church Aid (NCA-DCA), lead farmers and farmer followers have been trained in IHF principles. As part of this initiative, 61 farmers, including Felix George Fombe, were equipped with knowledge and resources, receiving goats for breeding and diverse vegetables to enrich their kitchen backyard gardens.

Mwanza's moment of hope: Cash distribution initiative launched amidst food crisis.

February 28th, 2024, is imprinted into Mwanza's records as a day of resounding hope and resilience, particularly for the residents of Senior Group Govati. Against the backdrop of adversity, a beacon of hope shone brightly as Mwanza launched a transformative cash distribution program at the Group Village Headman (GVH) Mpeni.

This initiative, propelled by the partnership between the Scottish Government, Christian Aid and Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD), aims to uplift 3,100 households across Mwanza's Traditional Authorities of Govati, Kanduku and Nthache.

With each household receiving K138, 500, a lifeline is extended to sustain them through the challenging months of March and April.

Empowering Communities: Hope in Nsanje's fight against Loss and Damage.

In the face of adversity, dreams are often the seeds of hope that keep communities resilient. In Nsanje, the dream of overcoming the effects of Loss and Damage is becoming a vibrant reality.

Gratitude fills the air as communities from Group Village Mambundungu, Traditional Authority Malemia in Nsanje, express their joy at the transformative power of micro grants provided by CARD. These micro grants are not just financial assistance; they are lifelines, empowering communities to reduce the impact of flash floods and forge a path towards resilience.

CARD's visionary approach to project ownership, sustainability and accountability is empowering local structures to take charge of their own destiny. Through training and collaboration, communities are designing and implementing early actions to mitigate forecasted disasters, with the Village Disaster Risk Management Committees (VDRMCs) at the helm, crafting proposals that draw from existing contingency plans aimed at Disaster Risk Reduction.

Hope blooms for Mr. John Mbendera: A story of resilience and renewed Prosperity.

In the heart of Phalombe district, nestled along the banks of the Phalombe River, lies the village of Group Village Headman (GVH) Tamani, home to Mr. John Mbendera, a 58-year-old farmer with a story of resilience and hope. With a wife and five children depending on him, Mr. Mbendera's livelihood has long been sustained by his crop farming activities. However, his world was rocked in 2023 when Tropical Cyclone Freddy wreaked havoc on his main crop field, leaving him grappling with the aftermath.

Mr. Mbendera, a dedicated member of the GVH Tamani Village Natural Resources Management Committee (VNRC), was one of the 7,855 project participants enrolled in the Lake Chilwa Basin Project goat distribution program in 2023.

With funding from Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA), Scottish Catholic International Fund (SCIAF) and Trocaire Malawi, we are implementing this initiative to safeguard the biodiversity of the Lake Chilwa catchment area while strengthening community resilience to alleviate household poverty. 

Among its various interventions, the project supports VNRCs by providing goats through a pass-on program and supplying beehives to engage in beekeeping enterprises, thus empowering them to manage Village Forest Areas effectively. Owing to his unwavering commitment and hard work within the VNRC, Mr. Mbendera was honored as one of the initial five recipients of goats from the Tamani VNRC, he was awarded five goats, a gift that proved to be more than just livestock but a lifeline towards a brighter future. With four she-goats and one he-goat in tow, Mr. Mbendera embarked on a journey of empowerment.


Mwanza district embarks on a humanitarian journey.

Today, February 7th, 2024, marks the dawn of a remarkable initiative in Mwanza district as CARD and Christian Aid unveil their latest endeavor: a groundbreaking Humanitarian Emergency Response project! 

Filled with optimism and unwavering commitment, representatives from CARD and Christian Aid came together to present this vital project to the esteemed members of District Civil Protection Committee (DCPC) in Mwanza. And the excitement was palpable!

With support from the Scottish government through Christian Aid the project is not just about numbers; it's about touching lives. Over the span of two months—February and March—this initiative aims to reach out to 3,100 individuals across the three Traditional Authorities of Nthache, Kanduku, and Govati. 

Each project participant will receive a significant cash sum of K69, 250 per month, providing crucial support during times of need. However the cash for the two months shall be paid once in February which means each project participant shall receive K138,500.