World Malaria Day
25 April 2013
In emergencies in Mozambique, mosquito netting tops the list of essential supplies needed for immediate relief.
Along with water purification solution, hygiene kits, maize flour, and clothing, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries recently distributed 1,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets in the country’s southern districts, where heavy December and February rainfall caused severe flooding, forcing more than 170,000 people from their homes.
Malaria, spread by mosquitoes, is endemic throughout Mozambique and remains the nation’s major health concern and cause of death. In some areas of the country, 90 percent of children under the age of 5 are infected with malaria parasites. And while the risk of contracting malaria is year-round, it increases in the rainy season between December and April, when flooding displaces families, leaving them without the protection of shelter.
World Water Day
25 March 2013
Under a warm Zimbabwe sun, leafy green shoots push toward the sky in neat rows, ringed by members of Harare’s Kambuzuma neighborhood. The community is celebrating a fresh crop—one that means food security is within reach. It’s only possible because, for the first time, they have consistent access to clean water.
In 2012, NCM was able to dig a well in Kambuzuma, piloting its first urban water project in Zimbabwe. This well now provides clean water for the community’s domestic needs and makes it possible to grow vegetables at the local Child Development Center. After the center’s 40 children—many of whom have been orphaned—are fed, the local Nazarene church sells the remaining crops to support their members in need. And because the well has a 5,000-liter reservoir, water will continue to be available to the community, even during power outages.
Humanitarian crisis in Mozambique
01 February 2013
Incessant rain caused significant flooding in the Zambezi region of Mozambique, Africa, in the last two weeks, killing at least 55 residents and displacing 170,000 as of Thursday.
Cosmos Mutowa, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries/Helping Hands Africa regional coordinator, said countless individuals are without homes, shelter, and food.
“We are appealing for assistance to meet some of the needs,” he said. “[Supplies needed] are tents, blankets, and nets for mosquitos, rehabilitation of latrines, and water sources and other peripheral needs.”