Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink

floodsWater, water, everywhere,

Nor any drop to drink

(Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner)

This rainy season is unusual for Malawi. As well as causing devastation to many churches, homes and public buildings, the weather also brings home the fact that despite decades as an independent nation striving for social and economic development many challenges remain. especially when it comes to power, water and sanitation. Continue reading

Build your house on the rock …

floods-malawiMalawi is one of the most densly populated countries in Africa, seems to have few if any planning laws, has little resources for infrastructure development, and in desperation many are forced to build in places that make them very vulerable. On top of that, rural homes are built from burned-clay bricks formed out of the soil around the house, and sometimes cement isn’t even available for use in the mortar.

It is no surprise therefore that, soon after the delayed rains started, we now hear and see the tragic results of a few weeks of heavy rain falling on such a needy land.
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