Aid Africa is a grass roots level organisation promoting care and respect for the most vulnerable people in Malawi including orphans, the elderly, disabled and HIV-AIDS affected.

2018 : £955 towards the cost of rebuilding a bridge at Lolo village, Chiringa District following severe flooding.

The condition of these bridges hindered normal life in this whole area, as well as putting lives at risk should they collapse, so their repair will change hundreds of lives on a daily basis. Thank you FOMA for working in partnership with us.

Lynda Mills, AID AFRICA, November 2018.
The flood damage where the previous foot bridge was situated

The road to Lolo Village is used by hundreds of people daily from school children walking to school and villagers travelling to market, maize mills, hospitals and water supplies but without a safe bridge the passing was dangerous.

To begin the repairs, deep foundations were dug, at least 1.5m, right down to bedrock and stone was cemented in. Stone pillars were gradually built up and pointed, poles secured and treated timbers laid over the top. This bridge took 5 weeks of hard labour to complete.

Bridge building in progress
The bridge after construction was completed

The successful outcomes of the project include:

  • Opportunities for local villagers to contribute meaningfully to their own community development, by providing materials—river sand and stone, then finishing the edges of the bridge.
  • Improved safety for all, especially the vulnerable: children, the elderly, disabled and infirm.
  • Easier access to homes, water, businesses, schools and medical help.
  • School children will no longer be late for school because of access problems.
  • Forged stronger ties of mutual respect with and within the local communities as we worked together.

2019 : £1,000 to support the rebuilding of toilets for 50 families in Chiringa.

Thanks to FOMA, almost 200 people were delighted and relieved—to have their toilets replaced, providing them with privacy & dignity, while reducing the health risks associated with the challenges of poor sanitation.

Lynda Mills, AID AFRICA, June 2019.

In early March 2019, Cyclone Idai ripped through southern Malawi leaving
homes, crops and infrastructure devastated. Due to the high risk of water-borne disease, Aid Africa turned it’s attention to sanitation and submitted a proposal to
FOMA to help construct 50 family toilets for hygiene, privacy and personal dignity. 50 households were chosen, vulnerable because of age, poor health or disability – here are three people who benefitted from the project.

Providing a simple toilet unit involves hand-digging a new 3m-deep pit if rocks allow, covering with a solid base and constructing a bamboo-framed “hut” for privacy. The roof is lined with plastic sheeting and covered with grass provided
by the beneficiary. Each unit is expected to last for years, and greatly reduce the risk of life-threatening disease.

We’re delighted to be able to report that no cases of cholera were reported in our area, where even diarrhoea can kill.

2020 : £1,000 to support a reforestation project involving planting 100 moringa trees at each of 3 villages in southern Malawi, the leaves of which provide sustainable and valuable dietary nutrition.

This exciting new project, part funded by FOMA, aims to provide high-grade nutritional benefit to hundreds in the 3 impoverished villages. Thank you FOMA for your support.

Lynda Mills, AID AFRICA, June 2020.
Seeds were sown in plastic tubes in our tree nursery and now 300 moringa trees are ready to plant

Moringa is a local tree, fast growing, with leaves that contain a range of impressive
nutrients, delicious served as a green vegetable or salad. Despite it’s nutritional benefits, it is under-utilized mainly due to difficulties protecting it from marauding livestock which graze freely. This project is trialling woven modular fencing panels made with traditional skills from local materials.

The first 50 fencing panels have already been constructed, and sprayed to prevent weevil damage

The Village Committees will learn how to measure and prepare the land, how to plant and care for seedlings, erect fencing panels and establish the living fence.
After training, the land will be prepared by the villagers, trenches and pits dug, fences erected, and seedlings planted in January 2021.

2022 : £1,500 to support rebuilding the Msikita Community centre and toilets following the Tropical Storms that swept through Southern Malawi in early 2022.

With FOMA’s support, we’ve renovated the community building, raising the floor and corresponding roof level, replacing timbers and recycling the iron sheets. As soon as it’s fully dried it will again be the popular, fully functioning heart of the village. Thanks also to FOMA over 100 people are delighted, and relieved, to have their toilets replaced providing them with privacy and dignity while reducing the risks associated with poor sanitation.

Lynda Mills, AID AFRICA, May 2022.

In January 2022, Tropical Cyclone Ana roared through southern Malawi from bringing strong winds and heavy rains. Malawi declared a national disaster as more than 30 people died, 800,000 were affected, with infrastructure and power supplies significantly damaged. 6 weeks later a second storm ‘Gombe’ caused widespread damage and further flooding.

Community Centre in mid-March, after the second storm Gombe. The khonde (porch) had disappeared
beneath sand and mud as the whole area’s ground level had risen.
Ready to use again: Roof repairs completed with doors and windows replaced
Pit latrines are vulnerable to extreme weather—hundreds were destroyed in the storms when the shelters collapsed and the pits filled with debris.
50 new toilets were constructed. Firstly 3m deep pits are dug then covered with a layer of sturdy bamboo, plastic sheeting to protect from termites, and finally, mud. The shelters are
finished in grass supplied by the beneficiary.