By Chisomo Phiri
BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-As part of preparing and rebuilding the lives of Tropical Storm Ana victims who are going back to their homes, Partners in health (Abwezi Pa Za Umoyo ) in partnership with World Vision Malawi on Wednesday April 20,2022 donated assorted relief items and cash of money to displaced households in Chikwawa district.
The donated items including bags of maize weighing 25 kgs, soya pieces, sugar, soap, plastic paper rolls and the sum of MK18, 000 was made to each resident camping at Kakoma primary school, group village head Tiimbenawo, Traditional Authority (T.A) Chapananga in the district.
Chief Operations Officer of Partners in Health, Basimenye Nhlema, said her institution joined forces with the World Vision Malawi through Chikwawa district council to provide support to the camps in the district.
“It has been over two months now since our the camp residents were displaced by Tropical Ana in January this year. We lost some of our loved ones during the disaster and some sustained injuries while majority lost our homes, crops in fields, livestock, among other vulnerable items.
“Today as we wrap up our emergency response, we stand in solidarity with Chikwawa district council as well as our counterparts from world vision Malawi in distributing social support packages to most vulnerable households,” said Nhlema.
Nhlema disclosed that the relief items costed them K33,522,500 targeting 1,830 most vulnerable households in both upper and lower parts of Traditional Authority ( T.A) Chapananga.
She added that the organization has been providing assistance to the survivors in the area for the last ight weeks starting from February 14, 2022 with medical care, medical equipment, maintenance of DHO vehicle, and data collection support for those who are living in camps.
Nhlema also disclosed that the organisation has spent MK81,000,000 for Majete infrastructure works and she has commended government stakeholders and partners for the financial support through the time.
Chikwawa World Vision programmes coordinator Mark Alani said with a financial support from World Food Programme ( WFP) United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other partners, the organization has established an initiative aimed at distributing money to the displaced households called Cyclone Ana once-off cash distribution.
Alani said the cash is to prepare the victims to have something as they go back in their initial homes.
“We are distributing cash to the displaced households so as they are now going back in their respective homes, they should have a start pack.
” We are not distributing food items or other basics because we know that these people lost other things of which only money can be able to replace”, said Ali.
Village head Tiimbenawo therefore lauded the two organisations for the timely donation saying will now help them rebuild their lives as are preparing to go back in their homes.
He urged other well-wishers to emulate the efforts and reach out the rest as many are still in need of help.
One of the beneficiaries Naliyeti Kambanje also commended the two donors for the donation.
She said the donation will be used to address their daily challenges.
About 35,299 Chikwawa households have benefited from the initiative.