John Knox Church Raises £5,000 For Flood Victims

John Knox Church has long had an association with Malawi and have raised many thousands of pounds for local hospitals, schools and colleges over the years.

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Recent flooding in Malawi has left 120,000 people homeless and more than 200 dead. The church decided to try and help and held a coffee morning with a ‘Rabbie Burns’ theme at the end of last month (Jan).

Stewarton folk gave great support and more than £2,000 was raised on the day. Partnering with medical charity EMMS International’s emergency flood appeal, the amount has been doubled to £5,000 through the UK government’s matching initiative for aid projects.

Latest update from Malawi:

Mulanje Mission Hospital

Mulanje is one of the worst affected regions.

The hospital has lost electricity and is running from a generator, at a cost of around £285 per day.

Flood water has run through hospital buildings, causing a toilet block to collapse. Children have been admitted to hospital after their homes collapsed onto them.

Rains are persistent and there is now a high risk of water-borne disease and diarrhoea.

The focus of their activity is providing emergency medical response to those affected and keeping the hospital functioning to the best of their ability.

Palliative Care Support Trust, Blantyre

Palliative Care Support Trust have been working with local community based organisations to help those affected in the Blantyre area.

Chilobwe is the most affected area in Blantyre. Four people have died, a further three people are missing and feared dead. One of the missing people is a medical student from the College of medicine who at the time was at home when the floods came and his bedroom was swept away.

Ten people have been seriously injured and are receiving treatment at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and surrounding health centres.

246 families have lost their homes.  At the moment families are staying in a primary school in Chimwankhunda.

The immediate needs range from blankets, tents, sanitary materials and food to support the large number of displaced people. They are experiencing erratic electricity and internet connections.

Nkhoma Mission Hospital

Heavy rains have caused flooding and frequent electricity supply issues.