Catholic Entity Reaching Out to Cyclone Victims in Malawi with “vital humanitarian aid”

Credit: SCIAF

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) is helping victims of Tropical Cyclone Freddy in Malawi to rebuild their lives through “vital humanitarian aid”.

Cyclone Freddy, which first hit Malawi on March 12, affected 500,000 people including 183,100 who were displaced and at least 326 who lost their lives, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). 

In a report published Monday, September 25, SCIAF officials say they have received £200,000 in funding from the Scottish Government and that they are working alongside the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM), an entity of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), in aiding the cyclone victims.

“SCIAF has been providing vital humanitarian aid such as food, shelter, and access to clean water and health services for around 12,000 people,” say officials of the Scottish Catholic charity organization.

They add, “Despite everything they have faced in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Freddy, the people we work with in Malawi remain strong and it’s with your support and that of the Scottish Government, we have been able to give them a hand up in the toughest of times.” 


SCIAF officials pledge to continue supporting vulnerable people in the Southern African nation. 

“Our work in Malawi continues and we will be there for them now and in the future, supporting community resilience and increasing communities’ access to food, water, and better prospects in the long term,” they say.

In the September 25 report, Alfred Jailosi whose house was destroyed in the storm says his family has a home thanks to SCIAF.

“We had to come back and make a grass house because that is all I could afford. Now we’ve received things like building materials like iron sheets. All my life I have lived in a grass-thatched house. Now at 83, I have a house with iron sheets which I’ve never been able to afford. This is unbelievable, and I am so happy,’’ says Jailosi.

Malawi was most affected by the tropical storm that was described as the longest-lived cyclone on record. 

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The cyclone claimed the lives of at least “400 people in Malawi, Mozambique, and Madagascar since it first made landfall in Africa”, according to Reuters.

On March 14, Catholic Bishops in Malawi appealed for aid to assist victims of the storm. 

ECM members asked all people of goodwill “to stand and feel with the victims of this devastating cyclone and immediately start to donate whatever they can, in form of money and in kind, to help the victims who have been affected and are suffering from the effects of the cyclone.”

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.