|Dear Seibo Supporters,
Choices made today have a lifelong impact. Malawi was vulnerable before the pandemic. Many people were already struggling to make ends meet. The situation has worsened with some families now only eating once a day, or worse.
The biggest victims of the pandemic in Malawi will be children. Largely spared from the direct health effects of COVID children are however being deprived of a normal education and a life-saving meal at school. The stories coming from Malawi are distressing. Families who were previously vulnerable to changes in food prices and scarcity of food are now dealing with the effects of COVID containment measures. Primary schools reopened in September on a trial basis, while nursery schools that survived being closed since March are now opening their doors.
Families with small children are struggling to put food on the table. In addition parents fear their children will not be accepted into primary school without previous enrolment at nursery school. Not being accepted would deprive their children of both an education and a hot meal at school for an entire academic year. Non-fee paying CBCCs (community nurseries), largely run by volunteers, are now experiencing a spike in enrolment. Children are going to school, many for the first time, without food. With no school meal served in school they go without food all day. Without help the impact of the pandemic on these children will be lifelong.
The Seibo team in Malawi are using your donations to provide direct food assistance for the most vulnerable- families with small children. Our work depends on donations and we are eternally grateful to donors in Bulgaria, the UK and Japan for making what we do possible. But we're not finished. If you can help support these families and their children your donation no matter how small will make a big difference. Please donate HERE– thank you!