BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Old Mutual Foundation has donated relief items worth 1.4 million Kwacha to floods survivors at Kalima and Kanseche camps in Chikwawa district, Traditional Authority (T.A) Maseya.
The donation comes following the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Ana and Gombe that ripped parts of the country earlier this year.
The relief items donated include corn soya blend porridge flour that is targeting under five children and 200 food hampers consisting of fortified maize flour, soya pieces, instantly Thobwa, plates, cups and blankets.
Rex Kadzongwe, Old Mutual Foundation Board Trustee said the organization is committed to support those affected by disasters as it believes in living in harmony with people in communities.
“Today, we have donated relief items worth M1.4 million. We previously made a donation earlier this year worth MK10 million but we believe the needs of people are endless.
“We are, therefore, committed to respond to the needs of the people we serve and we will not stop here but continue to support them with any supplies we will find along the way”, said Kadzongwe.
In his response to the donation, the Relief and Rehabilitation Officer for Chikwawa District Council, Humphrey Magalasi, said the donation from Old Mutual is a timely intervention as the council is mobilizing resources for the people to return in their homes.
“We are currently working on camp decommissioning and the intervention by Old Mutual Foundation is perfectly timed. The relief items provided by the organization will help the flood survivors to recover from the shocks while we are still working on providing permanent solutions to them,” Said Magalasi.
He added that the district council in partnership with government and other non governmental organizations as well as companies have mobilized recourses for swift camp decommissioning.
He also said so far, about 31 out of 71 camps have been decommissioned and the process is still ongoing.
Magalasi said the council is also working on early recovery interventions which will include providing agricultural inputs to flood survivors to help them recover from the shocks when they return in their homes.
Speaking to one of the beneficiaries, Layton Thom, he commended Old Mutual Foundation for the support.
He has also urged other well wishers to continue providing support to the camp residents as there are still many areas that the flood survivors are still lacking.
Chikwawa is one of the districts in Malawi that was largely affected the devastating impacts of Tropical Storm Ana and Gombe in late January.
Statistics indicate that the disaster affecting more than 900,000 people and killed nearly 50 others in Malawi.