CARD Embarks on a Bright New Journey: Unveils Bold 2023-2028 Strategic Plan.


On a radiant Thursday, the 19th of October 2023, we embarked on a momentous and promising journey, officially unveiling our dynamic 2023-2028 strategic plan. The air was filled with optimism as CARD called upon the world to come together to foster community resilience in the face of today's challenges.


Representing this ambitious new blueprint, CARD's Programs Manager, Arthur Lichenya, proudly introduced the theme that will shape our actions for the next five years: "Actions that Count." With unwavering conviction, Lichenya emphasized that the activities and processes outlined in this strategic plan are set to be a catalyst for transformative change within the communities CARD is dedicated to serving. 


Moreover, this bold vision is not confined to Malawi alone; it aspires to extend its reach across southern Africa, strengthening capacities and nurturing community solutions to enhance well-being and resilience.


During the grand launch event at Serendib Hotel in Blantyre, CARD Vice Board Chair, Reverend Dr. Mwawi Chilongozi, highlighted the pressing need for a focused response to climate change. She underscored that climate change is at the root of various challenges faced by the nation. This plan's unveiling symbolizes a commitment to mitigating these challenges and creating a more resilient society.


George Chikuse, the Director of Administration for the Mulanje District Council, was brimming with optimism. He believed that CARD's blueprint would directly address the challenges exacerbated by climate change shocks that his region had experienced. The community leaders and stakeholders present at the launch resonated with this sentiment, recognizing the potential of this strategic plan to bring about positive change.

 

Good News Alert: Food Distribution Brings Hope to Nsanje Community.


Today marked a significant milestone for the community of Group Village Headman Nyachikadza, T/A Nyachikadza in Nsanje, as a generous food distribution event brought smiles and relief to 250 beneficiaries.


Thanks to the collective efforts of Act Alliance Malawi and the hardworking team at CARD, the community received a much-needed lifeline. The distribution included 25 kilograms of maize flour, 10 kilograms of beans, 10 kilograms of soya blend, and 2 liters of cooking oil. 


The event was graced by Act Alliance Malawi Coordinator Felix Minjale and CARD's Deputy Program Manager Lameck Nkhoma, who witnessed firsthand the impact of their partnership and support.


In his heartfelt remarks, Minjale praised CARD for its dedicated work in improving the lives of communities and urged the organization to further collaborate with faith-based institutions in its implementation.
Belita Symon, one of the beneficiaries, could not hold back her tears of joy. She expressed her gratitude, saying that these food items would go a long way in combating hunger issues in her household. Belita's story represents the hope and positivity that this initiative has brought to so many lives.

Part of the Nkhwanikulibe scheme being washed away during Cyclone Freddy.

Assessment Aims to Improve Adaptive Capacities and Lessen Vulnerability to Hazards. Location: Nsanje, Group Village Headman Chithumba, Traditional Authority Mbenje, Malawi.

In a proactive effort to evaluate the community's susceptibility to diverse hazards and formulate strategies to enhance their adaptability, a collaborative effort between All We Can-YCARE and CARD led to the execution of a Participatory Vulnerability Capacity Assessment (PVCA) in Nsanje Group Village Headman (GVH) Chithumba, under Traditional Authority Mbenje, from September 19th to 22nd, 2023.


The community of GVH Chithumba was severely affected by Cyclone FREDDY, which resulted in the loss of 70% of their irrigation scheme due to flooding from the Thangadzi River. The disaster caused damage to pipes, taps, crops, and other essential irrigation tools and equipment. Recognizing the urgent need for support and planning, the PVCA exercise was conducted to address these critical issues.

 

Insect Farming Project: Unveiling the Future of Agriculture.

This week, we unveiled our extraordinary Insect Farming project during a spectacular field day on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. This pioneering project, funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is poised to revolutionize not only farming but also the entire landscape of development in Dzaleka.


At the heart of this endeavor lies the remarkable journey of the Black Soldier Fly (BSF), which undergoes a fascinating transformation through four developmental stages: egg, larvae, pupae, and adult. Harnessing the potential of these incredible insects, CARD's project seeks to empower both People of Concern (POC) and host communities in Dzaleka by leveraging the BSF's unique attributes.


The Black Soldier Fly's star quality comes from its impressive protein content, which soars to a remarkable 50% when it reaches maturity. This protein-rich powerhouse is a game-changer in the world of feed production. The BSF larvae can be utilized directly to nourish fish and chickens, or it can be processed into a high-protein powder. The processing involves a meticulous series of steps, including the humane termination of the larvae, solar drying, and milling, resulting in a versatile and nutritious protein powder.


During the field  day visit, Wiston Sataya, Deputy Director of Irrigation, hailed the Insect Farming project as a true game-changer for the nation's development. He called upon various organizations to join hands and champion this innovative endeavor, recognizing its immense potential to elevate the region's agricultural landscape.


Commissioner for Refugees, General Ignancio Maulana, expressed heartfelt appreciation for CARD's dedicated efforts in Dzaleka. He emphasized how the project is playing a pivotal role in empowering the people of Dzaleka, fostering self-reliance, and driving sustainable development in the region.


But that's not all; the project's benefits extend beyond protein production. As the BSF goes through its transformative stages, it yields valuable byproducts. Liquid fertilizer and bio-fractions are among the treasures harvested, offering a sustainable boost to agricultural productivity.

 

Empowering Communities: CARD's Programs Manager Arthur Lichenya and Christian Aid Country Director Luke Theu embarks on Transformational Visit.

In an inspiring display of commitment to community development, CARD`s programs Manager Arthur Lichenya, accompanied Christian Aid Country Director Luke Theu on a transformative journey this week. On September 28th and 29th, they ventured to the vibrant landscapes of Dowa and Mchinji, where, in partnership with Christian Aid, we are pioneering the "Kuwala Ultra Poor Graduation Project."


Supported by the Financial Access for Rural Market, Smallholders, and Enterprise (FARMSE) through the International Fund for Agricultural (IFAD), this visionary initiative spans 24 months and has its sights set on the communities of Salima, Dowa, and Mchinji Districts. At its core, the project aims to lift households out of the grip of poverty, fostering resilience through sustainable means.


The project's framework is built upon several crucial pillars, Social protection, Livelihoods promotion financial Inclusion Social empowerment and Disaster risk reduction and natural resources management, each a stepping stone towards a brighter future.