As a way of addresing climate change and strengthening resilience of flood affected households in Karonga, Save the Children has embarked on a humanitarian assistance program to break the cycle of disaster that occurs annually in the district.
The program, which aims to achieve food security and improve nutrition amongst the affected households, will empower communities in the areas of Traditional Authorities (T/As) Mwakaboko and Kilupula, in irrigation farming. The program also aims to provide access to cash transfers and food.
Speaking to the District Executive Committee (DEC) members for Karonga on Thursday, Senior Manager for Humanitarian Operations Steve Kamtimaleka, said the program is a continuation of a 2016 to 2017 humanitarian response that was conducted nationwide, and that it will span out for a period of 9 months.
“Following the positive outcomes from the humanitarian response that was implemented across the country, the 5 International Governmental Organizations with funding from DFID, have embarked on a 9 months resilience program in 10 affected districts.”
“In Karonga it will be Save the Children that will implement this program, and we want to strength resilience of communities to better cope up with, and to adapt to shocks, by empowering them economically,” said Kamtimaleka.
Kamtimaleka added that “some individuals will get a conditional cash transfer of K21,300 per month, per household, while others will get food, depending on their vulnerability.”
He said that amongst the beneficiaries include 35 percent of the people who did not benefit from the response, but are still vulnerable, and 20 percent of people that were targeted with minimal access to food.
In his remarks, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Karonga District Council, Isaac Mkandawire, commended DFID for the program. He said the program had come at a right time when some families in the district are food insecure due to the 2017 floods.
Over 50,000 people were affected by the floods that occurred between the months of March and April this year.