MALAWI — An Aid to Humanity Event of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) was held in Salima, Malawi, Africa on October 12, 2019.
Fresh from helping thousands in different cities across Canada, the United States of America, and India this year, Aid to Humanity goes, for a third time, to Malawi—the fifth poorest country in the world for the year 2019, according to USA Today—to come to the aid of its people who are reeling from the effects of a widespread drought.
According to Ms. Astaysu Chakwera, Ward Councilor, Salima Central, they “didn’t have much rain this year so people didn’t get a lot of food.” Most of Salima residents were able to get by with just a single meal a day, that is, if they even have something to eat.
With genuine concern for those who may be in need, the INC promptly distributed 15,000 care packages to thousands of Malawians, regardless of their religious affiliation, as they gathered at the Salima community grounds which amazed observers.
Dr. Arthur Chatsika said enthusiastically, “I’ve never seen huge [number of] people like this. … We have got a lot of Churches here but have never done [a] quite interesting thing like this.”
Mr. Charles Mawembe, District Commissioner (the highest ranking government official in Salima) appreciated that the Aid to Humanity event “is a timely intervention” and described it as a “wonderful job.”
Indeed, it was clearly shown through their reactions, apart from the shouts and chants of “Thank you, Church Of Christ,” that the recepients were happy since they have something to eat for a few days or weeks.
However, this was not the end of the INC’s effort to help the people in Malawi as revealed by Brother Glicerio Santos, INC General Auditor.
Brother Glicerio relayed through an interpreter, the instruction of INC Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, that starting the following day, October 13, a significant number of residents will begin work to earn a living and thus, have a better life, at the 259-hectare farm (that primarily produces cashew nuts) recently purchased by the INC.
The farm is the third to be purchased in Africa by the INC to be used in helping those who are in need.
A few days after the civic activity in Salima, Malawi, another Aid to Humanity event was held, this time in Bugiri, Uganda. On October 15, 2019, INC volunteers handed out thousands of care packages to residents in that East-African country.
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