|Emelda holds one of her daughters outside their damaged home. Emelda and her family were left homeless after a wall from their house collapsed due to the torrential downpours in Chainda, Zambia.|
On Jan. 28 the rains began. Less than 24 hours later, while they were sleeping, Emelda
and her family were left homeless after a wall from their house collapsed due to the torrential downpours in Chainda, Zambia.
According to Emelda, this rainy season has been the most violent she can remember.
“I heard a loud bang and then the wall fell away. I rushed to grab my youngest daughter who started getting wet as the rain came in the house,” Emelda said. Her family was forced to retreat to the only stable room in their home, their kitchen.
Emelda’s neighbor, Wilfred, 63, suffered a similar fate. “I had just come back from my field when I noticed a big crack forming in my house. I ran to my daughter’s because I knew my house would collapse any time,” Wilfred recalled.
Unfortunately, Wilfred’s house was not the only thing damaged. In addition to water ruining his house and new pit latrine, “We are in trouble because our crops are all yellow,” he said.
For Medium, a widow who supports her two children, a grandchild and three orphaned nephews, the collapse of part of their house has meant they all have to share one single room. “As a widow, I don’t know whether I will have the means to repair the house,” she said.
All her money was spent on the family field, which is now submerged. “I can safely say all my money has been washed away by the rains,” Medium said, adding that her family would face a serious food shortage this year.
According to the Chainda program staff, more than ten families in the area have lost their homes and many others have lost their crops.
CCF-Zambia is currently planning an emergency response for the affected districts in which it works. The response will focus on the areas of nutrition, child protection, education and water and sanitation.