The West Region (Galway, Mayo and Roscommon) is twinned with MALAWI and together they have formed a close spiritual connection offering friendship and support to one another.
The projects operated by the SVP in Malawi and supported by the West Region have the primary goal of alleviating poverty and aiding people to become self-sufficient.
The SVP in Malawi use funding from Twinning to purchase fertiliser and sow maize to feed hungry families in their parishes.
The families work in the fields and support themselves with the harvest.
The surplus crops are sold and the profits are used to reinvest in similar projects leading to more sustainable futures for the families supported.
BAKERY AND GARDEN PROJECTS
The West Region Twinning Group has provided funding to support a Conference in Malawi to establish and run a small bakery.This bakery provides fresh bread daily for the entire village of Chilumba.
Profits from the bakery go towards supporting those in greatest need in the community. Funding has also been approved for the establishment of a market garden, a pig farm and a poultry farm in other villages.
These projects established by SVP are aimed at supporting sustainable living in the community.
In 2015 heavy rains in Malawi resulted in massive flooding displacing more that 336,000 people.
The floods destroyed homes, ravaged farmlands and compromised vital services such as clean water and sanitation.
Funding was provided through the local SVP Conferences to assist in providing food, medical supplies and temporary accommodation.
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For further information:
Society of St Vincent de Paul
Ozanam House, Augustine Street, Galway
Tel: 091 563 233 Fax: 091 567 591