Welcome to the SaltMalawi web site
SaltMalawi is a UK registered charity working to relieve poverty and suffering, to enhance education and to advance the Christian faith. Currently we work through a Malawian team, mentored since 2002 by Julian and Caroline Lott, Christian missionaries from the UK. When Julian and Caroline Lott were first called by God to serve Him in Malawi, they saw their principal work both within Malawi and Mozambique to be:
- to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ
- to plant churches, and
- to train leaders.
The abject poverty, however, of the people in the areas in which they were working made it impossible to ignore their material needs whilst only being concerned with their spiritual needs. So the work expanded to include a number of relief projects.
Latest News - October 2013:
For some time now local farmers have been unable to afford chemical fertilisers. The land in many parts of Malawi is so infertile that without fertilisers farmers cannot grow an adequate crop. However, the prices are beyond their reach. Even good rain will not be enough to guarantee that there will be no famine next year and in future years too. Our response has been to implement simple conservation principles in our farming of the land we own. This year we saw a significant increase in our harvest of maize despite the drought. It was noticeable that in March when our neighbour's maize was turning brown ours continued to remain green and to grow. In fact it did not go brown until June! We have enough maize to meet all of the needs of the families on the farm and the 14 orphans living with them.
Our hope is that local people will copy what we are doing and so learn better ways to improve their soils. To a limited extent this is now happening without our pushing our methods. There is some hope that our example could make a difference to the lives of people around us. To this end I continue to explore agro-forestry methods of improving soil and land. As I watch the increasing desert-ification (a word that means exactly what it sounds like) of parts of Malawi (and especially our region) as trees are harvested but not replaced I have become convinced that we have to find ways of encouraging people to plant - and what better way than to demonstrate how the right trees used in the right way on a farm can save money (with less need for fertilisers), increase crops (providing food) and at the same time provide firewood (saving money and labour). We are beginning to experience all 3 benefits after just 2 years of tree planting. I plan to plant 250 more trees this year.
Feeding Programme Update
In Dedza, we are about to enter into a time of food crisis. Sporadic rain in last year's rainy season meant that most people here failed to harvest anything like enough food to last them until the next harvest in April 2014. We have had just 2 months of rain in the past 18 months! The government has banned the export of maize, and the former government-owned market known as Admarc is already rationing the sale of maize within the country. The price has risen greatly and we think it will go through the roof over the next few months. Consequently we are planning to widen the scope of the feeding programme for the elderly, young and orphaned this year so that 12 villages in the area will benefit - probably 700+ people will receive a nutritious meal 3 times a week. Predictably we have already started receiving requests for help.