CARE Malawi on Saturday joined the bandwagon of well wishers helping the Malawi Government in providing relief items to flood victims in the lower shire district of Nsanje wealth.
The distribution was funded through a donation from CARE International Emergency Relief Fund (ERF) wealth €40,000.
During Saturdays visit to Nsanje, the organisation distributed household supplies and hygiene kits to over 200 households at Bitilinyu displacement camp.
In general CARE Malawi is set to support about 900 households in the district and it is mainly targeting pregnant women, lactating mothers, the disabled and the elderly living in the selected displacement camps.
The items distributed included buckets, soap, kitchen utensils, blankets, oral rehydration salts, blankets and mosquito nets.
CARE Malawi’s Country Director Michael Rewald said CARE is committed to be part of the flood response that has left many people in Malawi in need of basic necessities.
“CARE Malawi is ready to support the efforts of the Malawi Government, the international community and those affected by this devastating disaster, especially, women and girls who, in disasters of this magnitude, are the worst affected,” said Rewald.
According to a rapid assessment, the relocation of flood affected people to camps renders women vulnerable to sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation. Those who haven’t been relocated and who have lost their housing are forced to carry out their toilet and bathing activities in public places which increases the risk of rape.
Rewald added: “While addressing the immediate needs of the flood affected families is the immediate priority, CARE Malawi is planning a longer-term response to help affected families recover from the devastating effects of the flood disaster.”
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Eveless Zekiya from TA Nyachikadza thanked CARE for the donation, which she said will help her take care of her child who was born while at the camp.
In addition to distributing non-food items in Nsanje, CARE is delivering food assistance to people affected by floods in Ntcheu, and CARE Malawi will be supplying replanting and winter cropping materials in Machinga and Ntcheu, where the organisation has on-going food security, nutrition and community resilience programmes.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :