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CADECOM - Catholic Development Commission in Malawi - Caritas Malawi
Caritas Malawi, otherwise known as the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM), aims to create awareness and empower the disadvantaged to undertake development that is integral, sustainable and gender and environmentally sensitive; and that promotes justice, dignity and self reliance through people’s participation so that they take responsibility for their future.
Caritas Malawi is involved in relief programmes in cases of emergency such as the droughts and floods that regularly afflict the country, providing food, clothing and shelter. It contributes to household food security by providing food, farm tools and other inputs to farming families in need and assisting with the construction of agricultural infrastructures.
The population of Malawi is 13.2 million, of whom 21 percent live on less than US$1 per day and 27 percent have no access to safe drinking water.
In response to chronic food insecurity caused by political, socio-economic and environmental vulnerability, CADECOM designed a disaster management project, with assistance from Cordaid - Caritas Netherlands, aimed at institutionalising the concept of disaster risk management in communities.