Help us support vulnerable families and children through COVID-19 in Malawi
Our work in Malawi has come to a standstill under very strict "shelter in place" rules throughout the country. COVID-19 affects people of all walks of life and in every country, but even the stay-at-home orders may be deadly in a place like Malawi, where most of the population lives on less than $5 a day, and most have very little savings.
Every day, our 4 house staff and 2 program managers in Malawi do their best to support their community and the volunteers and guests of AHA. If you've been to the AHA house i Malawi, you've definitely been on the recieving end of a cheerful "Good morning, Muli Bwanji!" from John, a grin from Ngoni or Mr. Vito, or a greeting from one of their family members who feel at home in our house. Our program managers, Chipingo and Angela, work tirelessly to faciliate our programs with Camp Hope and the local hospitals. All of these staff and their families were totally caught by surprise by COVID-19 and are now having to support numerous family members through one of the most difficult economic crises in our history.
Access Health Africa is committed to keeping the families who work with us safe, healthy, and financially stable. They need to be able to provide for their families through this crisis and beyond. In addition to managing this sudden change, our program managers are working diligently to try to adapt their programs to a virtual or distant model to continue to serve high-risk youth and patients throughout central Malawi.
We ask that you join us in supporting our AHA family by helping to assure their financial security and stability during this uncertain time. We are operating on the thinnest of margins to keep our staff paid and getting their healthcare benefits. With grant money on hold pending COVID-19 lockdowns, surgical mission trips canceled, and fundraising at a standstill, we are more in need of your support now than ever.
Your gift will help provide immediate financial support so our staff can purchase essential food, medicines, and other supplies. Help keep our employees and their families safe and healthy so we can continue serving youth and surgical patients through the COVID-19 crisis.
All photos credit Suzette Barnett