Evin Joyce has been travelling from village to village with no funding.
As the world remains in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, an Irish man has taken it upon himself to supply vulnerable communities in the poor African nation of Malawi with potentially life saving PPE gear.
Evin Joyce, a native of Portlaoise, is a member of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and had just arrived Africa to work when the Covid-19 pandemic really begun to take hold of the globe.
As a result, all plans of Evin’s NGO operation were scrapped – despite this Evin decided to stay behind and do what he could to help, all of his own accord.
With no funding, no support and no backup – Evin has been travelling from village to village educating locals and building a network of volunteers over the past few months and has begun the ‘Masks4Malawi’ campaign.
Alarmingly, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Zomba, Malawi (where Evin is based) is increasing, and proper infrastructure is lacking to care for the sick and stop the spread.
The ‘Masks4Malawi’ campaign aims to provide rural communities in Zomba with masks, soap and essentials to help them protect their elderly. And provide for households who must stay in isolation (through home deliveries of firewood, water and food).
In his own words, Evin describes the challenges faced by the communities Malawi, a country in which 74% of it’s 15 million inhabitants live below the income poverty line of $1.90 (US) per day:
”Since April, I’ve been working with Felix Zenengeya and Fresco Masuku, two very committed healthcare workers here in Zomba, Malawi”, he said.
”We’ve given out more than 2,600 bars of soap and locally-produced masks, and helped village Chiefs and volunteers from 8 rural communities (numbering about 1,600 people) become better informed and prepared for Coronavirus.
He went on to explain how locals have mapped their villages and made plans to protect their elderly and provide support to sick families who must stay in isolation.
But that support costs money, which is why he has begun a GoFundMe campaign to raise vital funds.
”I’ve made pitches, written reports and sent funding proposals to different organisations, and have received replies that give reason for optimism, but your money moves faster than theirs and it’s needed now – the number of new cases is increasing day by day”.
How you can help.
Writing on the Masks4Malawi GoFundMe page, Evin explains how people back in Ireland or anywhere around the globe can help.
”All donations of €50 or more come with optional membership to the ‘Masks4Malawi’ WhatsApp group where you can see how your money is being spent.
”Thank you for your support. It will make a difference”.
You can make a donation to the ‘Masks4Malawi’ GoFundMe page here if you wish to do so.
And you can follow Evin and the progress of Masks4malawi on Instagram.