Nachai Loparinga

Matthew Sawatzky photo

Matthew Sawatzky photo

Nachai Loparinga is the first wife of three. Two of her 10 children are married. The second wife has eight children and the third wife has four children. They have a few acres of land to farm sorghum but nothing has grown during the drought. Three of Nachai’s children are in school, while others stay home and work on the farm, watching the cattle. She would like all of them to go to school one day and recognizes that it’s good for them and will help them learn other ways to support the family. Nachai says without the food distribution from ADRA they would have died. Especially her mother-in-law, who is elderly, blind and quite ill from malnourishment. Nachai takes care of her. She walked two days to get to the distribution site, starting out in the evening since it was cooler. The distribution process was long, but that’s only because it was crowded. But she says it`s better that ADRA didn’t bring the food into the village as it might have been looted. With the women carrying the food into the village, the men are able to protect them. Her mother-in-law is the beneficiary and the family all agreed to feed her and small children from the rations. The food lasted four days. None of the children are malnourished and have all been to the health centre nearby.