UK’s High School feeds 400 straving Malawi families

The St. Peter’s Church Aided High School of England has donated maize worth K2 million to nearly 400 families of Sub-Traditional Authority (STA) Chitanthamapiri in Kasungu.

The beneficiaries getting equal share of the donated maize - Pic. Courtesy of Sapulain Chitonde

The beneficiaries getting equal share of the donated maize – Pic. Courtesy of Sapulain Chitonde

The donation follows media reports on how badly the area had been affected by the dry spell most parts of the country experienced during the 2015/2016 growing season.

The area under Chitanthamapiri’s jurisdiction received almost no rain the past season resulting into complete loss of every crop the subjects had sown.

A team of 62 teachers and students from the St. Peter’s Church High School flew into the country on July 9 and stayed with the people up to July 26 helping them with irrigation agricultural interventions using the Dwangwa River.

Before their departure, the team, led by Andrew Hubbard, had donated K2million for the area’s authorities to procure maize for the hundreds of affected families.

The maize was procured and donated on Sunday to the families who gathered at Senior Group Village Headman Mnyanja in STA Chitanthamapiri.

“We donated the maize to around 394 families from all the villages that were heavily affected by the draught and we are very, very appreciative,” one of the subjects, Sapulain Chitonde, told Mana.

Chitonde was once adopted by Hubbard in 2007 and he stayed in the UK for years. During his stay in there, Chitonde linked his UK family to his village and ever since, a chain of developmental activities have poured into Chitanthamapiri’s area.

The July trip was the eleventh for the UK team since 2007 when they had adopted Chitonde, who is now in Malawi Police Service.

Upon departure at Kamuzu International Airport on July 26, Hubbard had promised to raise more funds for the drought-affected families of Chitanthamapiri.

Meanwhile, about 700 families from Chitanthamapiri are engaged in irrigation farming on a 37-hectare piece of land stretched along the Dwangwa River courtesy of the UK team’s July visit.

Hubbard had promised before departure to support the scheme with a solar water pump to help in the irrigation farming project.

“We are inspired by the spirit Malawians have of fighting the hunger and we feel the urge to support them,” Hubbard had said at KIA.

In March this year, the St. Peter’s Church Aided High School of England also donated maize to over 100 families of Chitanthamapiri.

Apart from the hunger project, the group has also over the years spent millions rehabilitating Chalizya Primary School and Mtunthama All Saints Secondary School, in Kasungu, among other projects.

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