Climate Change is changing our weather, with several consequences that go from harvesting problems to almost no-access to water. Falesi shared with us her experience.
In this area [rural Malawi], we only have one borehole that serves this whole community including the schools, efforts to drill new ones have all failed because they can’t find water. They keep telling us that inadequate rains are the reason behind that. This has forced us to fetch water from unprotected sources like drying rivers. This has exposed many to waterborne diseases like cholera. For many years now there have been several cholera cases because of water that we are using here.
Falesi said that climate change is killing them, given all the problems that droughts are generating in her community.
Poor rains have also led to poor regeneration of vegetation around this area. This forces us women to walk long distances to fetch firewood and sometimes families do go to bed without food because they don’t have the firewood that they need to cook food. Climate change is killing us here.”