Leading mobile phone service provider Airtel Malawi has come to the aid to thousands of households currently affected by floods in Karonga and the northern region city of Mzuzu.
Airtel donated relief items worth K5 million on Monday in Mzuzu as part of their social corporate responsibility, according to the company’s Social Corporate Responsibility Manager Norah Chavula.
Chavula said they were equally devastated by the occurrence of the floods that have rendered thousands homeless.
“We’re therefore making this donation today to further underscore our solidarity with the people of Malawi and other stakeholders in this time of need,” said Chavula.
Airtel also said that they have reinstated their Ndife Amodzi fundraising campaign which was initially implemented during last year’s flood disaster.
The campaign allows prepaid subscribers on the Airtel network to assist those affected by natural disasters in the country by sending an SMS to the code 140 with each SMS costing K100. Airtel then remits the funds to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs and Red Cross Society of Malawi to aide with disaster relief efforts.
The MK5m donation from Airtel has among other things catered for 300 bags of flour, 300 blankets, bales of soya pieces and sugar; 300 bottles of cooking oil, chlorine, plastic buckets, plastic plates and cups.
Persistent erratic rains caused havoc in Mzuzu and Karonga recently with immense flooding thereby rendering many people homeless and destitute.