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Last updated: 2002-07-31

The Board of Deputies, in conjunction with UK Jewish Aid and International Development (UKJAID), is calling on the Jewish community to support the campaign to provide much needed nutrition for the people of Malawi. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa and is suffering from a severe food shortage.

Two Israeli women, Irit Rabinvich and Yora Wasserman, have set up the Chembe Aids Project in Chembe Village, in the Mangochi district of Malawi, which involves providing food to keep the population of Chembe alive. This year, this small fishing village has suffered from severe flooding, and poor quality of soil. Alongside this ecological problem, the Malawians are exposed to an HIV/AIDS epidemic, which is producing a soaring mortality rate. Thus, Irit and Yora’s work is essential in order to improve these conditions. They currently need 100kg of maize flour every day at a cost of £36 in order to feed the children of Chembe.

Board Director General Neville Nagler commented: “It is extremely important for the Jewish community in Britain to support such an important project. At a time when our community is faced with great difficulties, we have an obligation to remember the plight of others who are suffering. Alongside the many other organizations who support UKJAID, the Board encourages everyone to ‘Share your Bread’.”