The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) on Tuesday rolled out a K1 billion relief programme aimed to alleviate numerous challenges floods victims are facing across the country.
The programme will be implemented through its auxiliary department—Catholic Development Commission of Malawi (Cadecom).
Malawi faced unprecedented flood disaster that hit the country a few weeks ago leaving 176 people dead and another 153 missing with slightly more than two hundred thousand people displaced countrywide.
Speaking during the official launch in Thyolo district, ECM Chairperson Bishop Thomas Msusa said as a church they felt obliged to help floods victims who are also integral part of the Roman Catholic Church.
According to him, the funds for the programme were sourced from the church’s faithful and their cooperating partners who were also equally concerned with the welfare of the flood victims who are currently sheltered in camps across the country.
“As a church we thought of doing something apart from preaching the gospel of solidarity. The programme will also demonstrate the overwhelming support we received from the church members who have been donating cash towards this initiative through special offerings in the respective churches for several Sundays,” said Msusa.
He also took trouble to appreciate government’s efforts and commitment displayed through its Disaster Response Department, which he said, is devising ways of reducing the effects of flooding in future.
“Let me however call on government, NGOs, religious bodies and others to come together and find a lasting solution to the loss we experience every year,” said Msusa.
On his part, Cadecom National Secretary Castains Mulume said his organization will engage other authorities to see to it that the programme benefit targeted beneficiaries.
He said they will work with Ward Councilors, Department of Disaster management, chiefs and parish committees to ensure that relief items reaches floods victims.
While Traditional Authority Ngolongoliwa warned that those who will steal the relief items and misuse the funds will get mad.
Apart from Thyolo where over 600 families from six TAs are expected benefit, the programme will also reach affected victims in Karonga, Mangochi, Chikwawa and Nsanje, among other districts.
The floods victims will be receiving assorted relief items such as maize, soya, cooking oil, blankets, kitchen utensils and Beans.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :