A Story of Home

The Path to Self-Recovery

"The old village is dangerous. The water can come at any time. Now we are safe, it feels like home." Sofina. (SianDavey/ShelterBox)

March 14th, 2019. 5pm. Rain begins to fall, heavy rains. Strong winds begin blowing, and water levels start to rise. Flash floods and rushing waters charge through villages. It is the start of one of the worst weather-related disasters in Africa.

Some of us are receiving help but we are also working in order for things to get better. That’s why we work, because we are looking to the future.”

– Stephano

With tools and emergency shelter, Stephano and other families from his community, have been able to move from focusing on immediate problems – like where to sleep tonight – to planning for a better tomorrow.
Your support enabled 2,000 families in Malawi to start rebuilding their homes. With the tarps and tools they received from ShelterBox, the skills and determination of people like Stephano, and by coming together as a community, families are returning to everyday life.

Returning to work and school

Stephano's family - Agnes, Malita, Sofina, and Mary (SianDavey/ShelterBox)

Stephano has been able to return to work and start to farm again, growing food, earning a living, and taking back control of his life after the disruption of Cyclone Idai.

Being able to earn a living creates independence and builds resilience. Getting back to farming the land shows that the people of Mwalija have an eye on the future.

Emergency shelter is deeply connected to livelihood. Your support provides tools and equipment needed to work the fields and support trades. Shelter can support communities to move back home or to a new site where that are better situated to tend to crops or keep livestock.

“As for now as the sun rises, one goes to the farm, one stays at the house, and kids go to school. Life is getting restored.”
– Stephano

Special thanks to photographer Sian Davey