International Friendship Day: Caravan of Hope

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In Malawi, our partnership with the Jesuit Centre for Ecology & Development (JCED) has sought to empower vulnerable communities by not only strengthening livelihoods but building capacity and resilience to the growing challenges of climate change.

From long spells of drought and flash flooding to desertification and water pollution – communities in the global south are facing an accelerating climate emergency and sadly, communities in Malawi are no exception.

In march, Malawi was hit by a devastating cyclone. The tropical Cyclone Freddy hit 10 districts in the Southern Region of the country. Mulanje, Phalombe, Thyolo, Blantyre, Neno, Mwanza, Nsanje, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu and Zomba. The devastating natural disaster has impacted the lives of many vulnerable groups to this day.

JCED launched their ‘Caravan of Hope’ which had been dubbed the ‘We Are In This Together’ Tour. Focused on advocating for climate action, JCED is a force built on grassroot passion to make a positive difference within communities. As well as providing aid to victims of the natural disaster, as its names suggests, the caravan is about bringing a message of hope and solidarity.

The Caravan of Hope has been travelling to the areas impacted by the natural disaster providing communities with basic necessities as well as extending the hand of friendship.