Villagers Surviving The Storm

This is Mary David, 35, pictured here with one of her 3 children. This is what remains of their home after Cyclone Freddy tore through southern Malawi. The family is still residing in the remaining portion of the house. She’s fearful her maize field has been destroyed but since Mary is single she is staying behind, instead of going to a shelter, in order to take care of her home and surrounding land. Mary’s victory garden is still intact and food is scare so she is planning to take the
necessary steps to quickly expand the garden. Self-reliance and food security are imperative in situations like these and we are thankful Mary and her children have their victory garden to rely on.
This is Fibbie Likhanye, an F2F Victory Garden Facilitator, who resides in the Makwete Village in southern Malawi. Fibbie, 51, is married with 6 children. Sadly like so many other stories we are seeing, Fibbie’s house was destroyed on March 14th due to Cyclone Freddy. Fibbie has chosen not to go to a shelter but rather stay with her daughter so she can tend to her victory garden. As a Victory Garden Facilitator Fibbie wants to also help other villagers with their gardens. She plans to cultivate more organic vegetables in and around her garden so that she may sell enough to save the money she needs to repair her home.
Meet Steven Maliro and Lucy Muthema who live in the Makolera village located in Phalombe, Malawi. Steven, 70, and his wife Lucy, 69, have sadly been significantly impacted by Cyclone Freddy, losing their house in the storm on March 13th. They are pictured here standing in what remains of their once home. Lucy has now relocated to a shelter while Steven has decided to stay behind to look after their land and get their Victory Garden up and running. Like many who were impacted by this recent cyclone, Steven and Lucy’s maize field has completely been destroyed and they do not have enough eat. Steven plans to expand their victory garden, also pictured here in stable condition, so they not only have a steady stream of vegetables to eat, but so they may also sell any surplus food to save enough money to help rebuild their home.