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  • Paul DEVER
    Your congressman was hedging his bets.... There was no time to get the Katrina Relief fund in the regular cycle, but they got that money ready...they could do
    Message 1 of 6 , Sep 12, 2005
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      Your congressman was hedging his bets....

      There was no time to get the Katrina Relief fund in the regular cycle, but
      they got that money ready...they could do the same with Malawi if it were on
      the radar...

      So write those guys!!!!!!!!!

      ----Original Message Follows----
      From: Eric Bone <edbone73@...>
      Reply-To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
      To: ujeni <ujeni@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: [ujeni] Latest famine in Malawi
      Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2005 00:02:11 -0700 (PDT)

      Perhaps others have been aware of this for a while, but I just recently
      became aware of how bad the latest food situtation is in Malawi -- lots of
      people once again slipping from "barely enough food to live" to "not enough
      food to live." A disaster in slow-motion, like most in Malawi.

      You can find the UN's August 30 appeal for $88 million in assistance at
      http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/EVOD-6FRD84?OpenDocument&rc=1&emid=ACOS-635PKL
      And I'll also cut and paste a short version below.

      I haven't heard of any governments contributing to this yet. At the State
      department, my contacts in the Africa bureau say they have not been able to
      get any attention paid to this.

      This is hardly surprising, since the appeal was announced the day after
      Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.

      I thought the least I could do was bring this to the attention of my
      Congressman. I was fortunate to see him at an event just this evening, but
      he said that since the House Foreign Operations Appropriations bill has
      already passed, there was nothing he could do about getting money for Malawi
      in the annual budget cycle. He recommended I contact a staff member of
      Senator Patrick Leahy to see if they could get money put in the Senate bill.

      If other people have a chance to alert their Congresspeople or Senators
      about this, I would recommend it. It appears that no high-level person in
      the executive branch is going to pay attention to this for a while.

      -Eric

      ----------------------------------------------------------------------


      UNITED NATIONS NATIONS UNIES



      Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs



      $88 MILLION NEEDED TO AVERT FOOD INSECURITY IN MALAWI



      (Geneva and New York, 30 August): The United Nations today launched a Flash
      Appeal for nearly $88 million for Malawi, where at least 4.2 million people
      -- 34 per cent of the total population -- are currently threatened by acute
      food insecurity.



      Calling for some $51 million for food and nutritional assistance and $37
      million for emergency agricultural assistance, the Appeal reinforces the
      Government��s two-track approach aimed at relieving the country��s chronic
      food insecurity situation.



      In the immediate term, the requested funds will be used to provide emergency
      humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable. In the longer term, the Appeal
      strengthens a national plan to provide much-needed maize seed and
      fertilizer. International assistance will be used to distribute one bag of
      seed and fertilizer each to one million of the poorest farming families.
      Without assistance, these farmers will be unable to produce enough food to
      feed their families, and the current food crisis will be repeated in the
      coming year.



      ��This appeal,�� said Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian
      Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, ��is truly forward-looking in that
      it attempts to avert hunger and at the same time promote sustainable
      recovery of livelihoods. Investing in prevention will prove much more cost
      effective than providing emergency assistance year after year.��



      The World Food Programme (WFP) will take the lead in providing immediate
      humanitarian assistance to 2 million of the most vulnerable in the
      country��s hardest-hit southern region, as a complement to the national
      effort to assist a further 2.2 million individuals through food distribution
      and voucher schemes, and through cash interventions. The United Nations
      Children��s Fund (UNICEF) will provide emergency nutrition assistance. On
      the second track, the Appeal will enhance the Government��s effort to
      subsidize seed and fertilizers to ensure small farmers�� access to these key
      agricultural inputs. Also participating in the Appeal are the United
      Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Food and Agriculture
      Organization (FAO).



      By addressing the underlying causes of the food crisis, as well as emergency
      needs, the Government of Malawi and the United Nations will be working
      together to lay the basis for food security in the long run. ��Similar to
      other countries in the region, Malawi continues to reel from the impact of
      food insecurity, HIV/AIDS, and weakened government capacity -- a deadly mix
      which threatens the livelihoods of millions,�� said James Morris, WFP
      Executive Director and United Nations Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs
      in Southern Africa. ��This Appeal represents a real opportunity for the
      international community to focus on the immense challenges facing people
      today, as well as those in the future.��



      The full text of the Malawi Flash Appeal is available at www.reliefweb.int.



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    • Joanna Jane Hooper
      Hi! Is anyone out there involved with Malawi Children s Village? Our International Health Interest Group here at the UNM medical school is interested in doing
      Message 2 of 6 , Sep 14, 2005
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        Hi!

        Is anyone out there involved with Malawi Children's
        Village? Our International Health Interest Group here at
        the UNM medical school is interested in doing a fundraiser
        for MCV's mosquito net project, but I've lost track of my
        contact with MCV. Can anyone out there help me get in
        touch?

        Thanks!
        Joanna Hooper
      • Stacia Nordin
        Hi Joanna and all - Did you get MCV s contacts? Mr. Sibale is still running the show there as far as I know, the phone is +265 1-584-345 and the e-mail is
        Message 3 of 6 , Oct 30, 2005
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          Hi Joanna and all -

          Did you get MCV's contacts? Mr. Sibale is still running the show
          there as far as I know, the phone is +265 1-584-345 and the e-mail
          is mcv@...

          If I can facilitate something for you to connect, let me know. I'm
          still here in Malawi.

          I don't get the e-mails from Ujeni anymore but am still a member and
          will attempt to check up on conversations from time to time. With
          all that is happening in Malawi there just isnt much time!

          Stacia

          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
          Stacia Nordin, RD
          Nutrition Consultant
          Specialist in Sustainable Food & Nutrition Security and HIV/AIDS
          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

          Post Dot Net X-124, Crossroads, Lilongwe, Malawi
          Physical Location: Chitedze Trading Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi
          (Africa)
          +265 1-707-213 (home)
          +265 9-333-073 (home cell)
          nordin@...
          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

          --- In ujeni@yahoogroups.com, "Joanna Jane Hooper" <johooper@u...>
          wrote:
          >
          > Hi!
          >
          > Is anyone out there involved with Malawi Children's
          > Village? Our International Health Interest Group here at
          > the UNM medical school is interested in doing a fundraiser
          > for MCV's mosquito net project, but I've lost track of my
          > contact with MCV. Can anyone out there help me get in
          > touch?
          >
          > Thanks!
          > Joanna Hooper
          >
        • Stacia Nordin
          Uneji - As you garner support for the latest perpetual famine in Malawi, please aim your support at accessing the local foods. There are foods here, just not
          Message 4 of 6 , Oct 30, 2005
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            Uneji -

            As you garner support for the latest perpetual famine in Malawi,
            please aim your support at accessing the local foods. There are
            foods here, just not maize. All food prices are rising incredibly
            and access to the market foods are out of reach of many.

            The famine will continue forever if programmes continue to focus on
            maize eating and growing with fertilizer. There is now increasing
            support for diverisfying diets and agriculture, but unfortunately
            some is just lip service and it doesn't pan out on the ground, and
            for some it means just promoting cassava or sweet potatoes which
            also misses out on the true diversity of all the foods groups.
            Fertilzer use can be reduced significantly even in the first year of
            healing the soil!

            I see the hundreds of news stories about pending doom in Malawi, and
            much of it is true, but they mostly miss the other side of the story
            that there are foods here, and that there are local resources for
            healing the soil. One highly mis-lead journalist went so far to say
            that people had to resort to eating mangoes and termites! A diet of
            manoges and termites is much more nutritious than a mountain of
            maize on the plate!

            I'm currently with a project with World Food Programme (on a modest
            budget Paul, I'm still in a modest home with a chimbudzi!) that is
            testing a model for Low input Crop and Diet Diversification
            (essentially permaculture principles). We have just put together
            the model after testing it with 70 sites around the country
            (Mangochi, Mulanje, Kasungu and Nkhata Bay) which included about
            4,000 people. AMAZING what the model sites were able to grasp and
            apply in a short time period. The model includes gardens, animal /
            fish raising, environmental repair concepts, diet diversity, energy
            use - too much to include in this e-mail, but suffice it to say that
            it is very integrated yet very simple to implement at the same
            time. It takes great facilitation out in the field without the
            typical 'workshop' setting and follow up with those implementing.
            It is very exciting to work with 5 government ministries, UN
            organizations, international organizations, local groups and
            individuals all under one project. It gives me hope for Malawi.

            We moved to a new plot of land about 2 years ago and even in the
            first year we were able to have a maize harvest without fertilizer
            (along with a myriad of other foods) by applying basic principles
            that anyone, at any income level, at any level of stress from
            diseases and orphan care, in any location, can use. Of course it
            takes work and understanding and it is a big change for most people
            in thinking and action, but with the recent testing we've done,
            we've shown that it is feasible for those who are ready to go
            against the mainstream culture of maize, fertilizer, sweeping and
            burning!

            The greatest thing that people around us are realizing now is that,
            yes, drought is the norm in many parts of Africa, but by taking care
            of the land, the effects of this natural weather pattern can produce
            large amounts of food and money!

            Feel free to contact at us at any time for more information!

            Stacia, Kristof and Khalidwe (our 3-year old daughter)

            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
            Stacia Nordin, RD
            Nutrition Consultant
            Specialist in Sustainable Food & Nutrition Security and HIV/AIDS
            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

            Post Dot Net X-124, Crossroads, Lilongwe, Malawi
            Physical Location: Chitedze Trading Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi
            (Africa)
            +265 1-707-213 (home)
            +265 9-333-073 (home cell)
            nordin@...
            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


            --- In ujeni@yahoogroups.com, "Paul DEVER" <pcpaul@h...> wrote:
            >
            > Your congressman was hedging his bets....
            >
            > There was no time to get the Katrina Relief fund in the regular
            cycle, but
            > they got that money ready...they could do the same with Malawi if
            it were on
            > the radar...
            >
            > So write those guys!!!!!!!!!
            >
            > ----Original Message Follows----
            > From: Eric Bone <edbone73@y...>
            > Reply-To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
            > To: ujeni <ujeni@yahoogroups.com>
            > Subject: [ujeni] Latest famine in Malawi
            > Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2005 00:02:11 -0700 (PDT)
            >
            > Perhaps others have been aware of this for a while, but I just
            recently
            > became aware of how bad the latest food situtation is in Malawi --
            lots of
            > people once again slipping from "barely enough food to live"
            to "not enough
            > food to live." A disaster in slow-motion, like most in Malawi.
            >
            > You can find the UN's August 30 appeal for $88 million in
            assistance at
            > http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/EVOD-6FRD84?
            OpenDocument&rc=1&emid=ACOS-635PKL
            > And I'll also cut and paste a short version below.
            >
            > I haven't heard of any governments contributing to this yet. At
            the State
            > department, my contacts in the Africa bureau say they have not
            been able to
            > get any attention paid to this.
            >
            > This is hardly surprising, since the appeal was announced the day
            after
            > Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.
            >
            > I thought the least I could do was bring this to the attention of
            my
            > Congressman. I was fortunate to see him at an event just this
            evening, but
            > he said that since the House Foreign Operations Appropriations
            bill has
            > already passed, there was nothing he could do about getting money
            for Malawi
            > in the annual budget cycle. He recommended I contact a staff
            member of
            > Senator Patrick Leahy to see if they could get money put in the
            Senate bill.
            >
            > If other people have a chance to alert their Congresspeople or
            Senators
            > about this, I would recommend it. It appears that no high-level
            person in
            > the executive branch is going to pay attention to this for a while.
            >
            > -Eric
            >
            > -------------------------------------------------------------------
            ---
            >
            >
            > UNITED NATIONS NATIONS UNIES
            >
            >
            >
            > Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
            >
            >
            >
            > $88 MILLION NEEDED TO AVERT FOOD INSECURITY IN MALAWI
            >
            >
            >
            > (Geneva and New York, 30 August): The United Nations today
            launched a Flash
            > Appeal for nearly $88 million for Malawi, where at least 4.2
            million people
            > -- 34 per cent of the total population -- are currently threatened
            by acute
            > food insecurity.
            >
            >
            >
            > Calling for some $51 million for food and nutritional assistance
            and $37
            > million for emergency agricultural assistance, the Appeal
            reinforces the
            > Government¡¯s two-track approach aimed at relieving the country¡¯s
            chronic
            > food insecurity situation.
            >
            >
            >
            > In the immediate term, the requested funds will be used to provide
            emergency
            > humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable. In the longer term, the
            Appeal
            > strengthens a national plan to provide much-needed maize seed and
            > fertilizer. International assistance will be used to distribute
            one bag of
            > seed and fertilizer each to one million of the poorest farming
            families.
            > Without assistance, these farmers will be unable to produce enough
            food to
            > feed their families, and the current food crisis will be repeated
            in the
            > coming year.
            >
            >
            >
            > ¡°This appeal,¡± said Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for
            Humanitarian
            > Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, ¡°is truly forward-
            looking in that
            > it attempts to avert hunger and at the same time promote
            sustainable
            > recovery of livelihoods. Investing in prevention will prove much
            more cost
            > effective than providing emergency assistance year after year.¡±
            >
            >
            >
            > The World Food Programme (WFP) will take the lead in providing
            immediate
            > humanitarian assistance to 2 million of the most vulnerable in the
            > country¡¯s hardest-hit southern region, as a complement to the
            national
            > effort to assist a further 2.2 million individuals through food
            distribution
            > and voucher schemes, and through cash interventions. The United
            Nations
            > Children¡¯s Fund (UNICEF) will provide emergency nutrition
            assistance. On
            > the second track, the Appeal will enhance the Government¡¯s effort
            to
            > subsidize seed and fertilizers to ensure small farmers¡¯ access to
            these key
            > agricultural inputs. Also participating in the Appeal are the
            United
            > Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Food and Agriculture
            > Organization (FAO).
            >
            >
            >
            > By addressing the underlying causes of the food crisis, as well as
            emergency
            > needs, the Government of Malawi and the United Nations will be
            working
            > together to lay the basis for food security in the long run. ¡°
            Similar to
            > other countries in the region, Malawi continues to reel from the
            impact of
            > food insecurity, HIV/AIDS, and weakened government capacity -- a
            deadly mix
            > which threatens the livelihoods of millions,¡± said James Morris,
            WFP
            > Executive Director and United Nations Special Envoy for
            Humanitarian Needs
            > in Southern Africa. ¡°This Appeal represents a real opportunity
            for the
            > international community to focus on the immense challenges facing
            people
            > today, as well as those in the future.¡±
            >
            >
            >
            > The full text of the Malawi Flash Appeal is available at
            www.reliefweb.int.
            >
            >
            >
            > ---------------------------------
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          • Joanna Jane Hooper
            Stacia, Thanks so much for the info! I was able to get ahold of the folks here who are involved in the mosqutio net project. I have heard great things about
            Message 5 of 6 , Oct 31, 2005
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              Stacia,

              Thanks so much for the info! I was able to get ahold of
              the folks here who are involved in the mosqutio net
              project. I have heard great things about Mr. Sibale.

              How are things going for you in Malawi?

              Joanna


              On Mon, 31 Oct 2005 07:11:30 -0000
              "Stacia Nordin" <nordin@...> wrote:
              >
              > Hi Joanna and all -
              >
              > Did you get MCV's contacts? Mr. Sibale is still running
              >the show
              > there as far as I know, the phone is +265 1-584-345 and
              >the e-mail
              > is mcv@...
              >
              > If I can facilitate something for you to connect, let me
              >know. I'm
              > still here in Malawi.
              >
              > I don't get the e-mails from Ujeni anymore but am still
              >a member and
              > will attempt to check up on conversations from time to
              >time. With
              > all that is happening in Malawi there just isnt much
              >time!
              >
              > Stacia
              >
              > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              > Stacia Nordin, RD
              > Nutrition Consultant
              > Specialist in Sustainable Food & Nutrition Security and
              >HIV/AIDS
              > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              >
              > Post Dot Net X-124, Crossroads, Lilongwe, Malawi
              > Physical Location: Chitedze Trading Centre, Lilongwe,
              >Malawi
              > (Africa)
              > +265 1-707-213 (home)
              > +265 9-333-073 (home cell)
              > nordin@...
              > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              >
              > --- In ujeni@yahoogroups.com, "Joanna Jane Hooper"
              ><johooper@u...>
              > wrote:
              > >
              > > Hi!
              > >
              > > Is anyone out there involved with Malawi Children's
              > > Village? Our International Health Interest Group here
              >at
              > > the UNM medical school is interested in doing a
              >fundraiser
              > > for MCV's mosquito net project, but I've lost track of
              >my
              > > contact with MCV. Can anyone out there help me get in
              > > touch?
              > >
              > > Thanks!
              > > Joanna Hooper
              > >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
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