Last year the mais crop was very small due to the early end of the rainy season in the previous year.
Mais is the daily food of all the people living in the area of the Centre, bur after the very bad harvest there was not enough food to survive until the new harvest. The situation in the catchment area of the Centre was so severe, that the World Food Programme (WFP) helped the people with the distribution of tons of mais and beans.
Despite the help of the WFP there were still many people who are in dire need of food assistance. Thanks to extra donations from the Netherlands, Switzerland and Scotland the Centre has been able to distribute 6000 food packages between November last year and March this year.
A food package contains four kilo flower of corn, half a kilo soya and half a kilo flower of peanuts. With this mixture of flower a very nourishing porridge is cooked. Food parcels are distributed to individuals who are not able to take care of themselves and who did not get any help from the WFP. This mainly concerns single elderly people, orphaned children, disabled people, AIDS-patients and other seriously ill people.
Selection of the most needy people was arranged by the communities themselves, in public meetings. The workers of the Eva Demaya Centre took care of the delivery of the packages to those selected. The gratitude of the recipients was large, the food aid helped them to overcome the difficult period of food shortage.