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Updates from Malambo

January 2011 update: Life goes on

In 2010, there were chronic shortages of food and water across many parts of Africa. Lives were at risk. The situation in rural Tanzania looked desperate. 

But thanks to Life supporters like you, emergency food supplies got through. In the villages of Ngorongoro, you helped turn this crisis around.


QuoteStartWe thank and bless Oxfam and all those supporting us in these communities. Such unpredictable droughts will kill people in these places. But your support surely reaches us.QuoteEnd

Right now we are helping the communities rebuild following this crisis. And we're continuing our focus on schools, water and livelihoods, to help these families find lasting solutions to poverty.

Emergency response facts:

8 villages supported - Arash, Engaresero, Maaloni, Malambo, Ololosokwan, Pinyinyi, Piyaya, Soitambo

547 tonnes of maize and beans distributed

52,500 people reached with food supplies

240,000 animals have received essential vetinary care.

March 2010 update: Emergency response

Like many countries in East Africa, Tanzania experienced severe drought in March 2010. Cattle and crops were dying, and food like maize and cereals were becoming too expensive for local people.

The community of Malambo worked hard to prepare for droughts like this - building grain banks, planting crops and keeping cattle healthy, backed by money from Life supporters. But with the drought continuing, food in the village began to run dry.

Your support was used to save lives.

Oxfam launched an immediate emergency response in eight villages in Ngorongoro - among them Malambo and Piyaya. 


QuoteStartCows are now sold at 5,000 Tanzanian shillings (around £2.50), the lowest price in history, and one tin of maize is sold at 8-10,000 Tanzanian shillings ($4-5). This means you will never get one tin when you sell a cow.QuoteEnd

    Samwel Nangiria works for Oxfam's partner in Ngorongoro