Quarterly Food Distributions
We arrived back in Maungeni to find many of our friends awaiting our arrival for Zone 19 Salon, a tradition started last year to give manicures, pedicures and massage to our friends here in Malungeni. This tradition originated to serve the 6 women who prepare the meal we furnish for the community and has now grown to about 40 women and men. It is a sight to behold and a joy to share. At 3:00 the community and AIAIA gathered for one of our quarterly food distributions. This community self selects who will receive emergency food relief with each distribution. Today we celebrated with 80 families as they received their food parcel. A food parcel consists of flour, cooking oil, maize, beans, samp, rice, sugar and a large bag of chicken and will feed their family for approximately one month. We heard from two spokesmen from the community expressing their gratitude to AIAIA for the years we have been assisting them. Our day concluded with a "walk about" in the surrounding community. It is a joy to encounter the children and families who have become so much a part of our lives over the years. It is an truly experience of coming home.