The road to recovery in Malawi

Enoch and Mary’s story

Enoch and Mary live on a homestead in the village of Kadewere in the Zomba district of Malawi with their four children.

Despite being totally blind, Enoch knows every inch of his home, or he did until the rains came.

Just before Christmas in 2016, the monsoon rains started. But they weren’t like normal rains – they flooded rivers and brought devastating gales.

A long journey to recovery

The winds blew the roof of Enoch and Mary’s house off and left them exposed. The torrential rains hammered down on the rest of the structure and shortly after, the walls crumbled.

All of their precious belongings were lost. They were left to sleep in the remains of the house, with no protection from the elements.

But for Mary, the worst was yet to come. She had to leave Enoch and the children and brave a long, frightening journey alone to find help from the nearest emergency camp.

Many miles and hours later she arrived and came across a ShelterBox team.

Relief at last

We supported Mary in her return to her village. Mary and her family were provided with a ShelterBox which contained warm blankets, a tent, a cooking set, solar lights and tools to rebuild their home.

These aid items not only allowed the family to feel safe again after the devastating floods, but they also allowed them to start picking up the threads of daily life and start looking to the future.

Enoch recalls how safe he felt in his tent:

Staying in the tent felt like I was staying in a house with a roof of iron sheets.

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