Juffah Tamula with his two daughters, Chikondi and Roslyn. Tamula is doing a fundraiser to help those in his home country, Malawi, who have been displaced from the flooding in early January.
Malawi flood disaster relief soccer tournament takes place beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Spring Park School. Minimum donation of $20 to participate in tournament. All welcome to watch and show community support.
Juffah Tamula has been living in Charlottetown for the past eight years and is devastated to see his home country, Malawi, in a state of disaster after being hit with massive flooding in the beginning on January.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and according to UNICEF, 300,000 people have been displaced from the flooding. The death rates are difficult to verify, as many people are still missing but some sites are estimating 200 people have died. The flash floods are not expected to end until March.
Tamula still has family in Malawi and though they are all safe, his sister did lose her home and farmland. Many families are currently living in churches, schools and other public centres with no access to clean water.
To help, Tamula has decided to fundraise money for the people in Malawi.
“It makes me feel better that I’m doing something about it.”
Tamula has chosen the Lion’s Club of Malawi, a non-profit organization to send to the funds back to because they are already on the ground providing clothing, shelter and medicine.
“We know that the money will go to the people that need it because they are already doing the work in the areas most affected.”
Along with no clean water, there are electricity shortages and fear of infectious diseases like malaria and cholera, said Tamula.
“We normally do experience these diseases but with the flooding, we are expecting more. It’s harder to control and contain it.”
One of Tamula’s biggest concerns is the hunger that will ensue, as the farmlands are all gone, he said.
Government and non-government organizations have been coming together but Malawi has never experienced this type of flooding before, said Tamula.
“Since they have never experienced it, they were not prepared for it. “
The fundraiser that Tamula and Mike Redmond are hosting is a soccer tournament on Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. at Spring Park School. In order to participate, a minimum of $20 has to be donated, however for those who are just interested in going to watch can do so.
“Even if you can’t donate, you can come to the event. It will mean a lot to me because it will just show the community support,” said Tamula.
Beanz Espresso Bar and Café and the QEH physical medicine department are also accepting donations for the cause. People can also donate online through Red Cross at www.redcross.mw.