Circle for Integrated Community Development (CICOD) a local organization has secured a Euro 10,000 grant from a German donor, Sign of Hope, intended to nourish 1,350 vulnerable people in 270 households that support elderly people, orphans and the sick in Chikwawa district’s Traditional Authority Lundu’s area.
The two week intervention, also targets female headed and child headed families.
According to CICOD Executive Director, Amos Tizora, CICOD has noted that the severity of the floods and the coping measures by the victims and care givers as well as the response from government and nongovernmental organizations has exposed the country’s preparedness to eventualities of such magnitude.
“These people are also in need food supplements,” said Tizora whose organization has observed that while Malawi is principally an agricultural based economy, a large percentage of its people do not produce enough food to meet their daily dietary energy needs even during normal circumstances.
“The food deficiency situation among the flood victims has been aggravated by people’s loss of income, assets and agricultural products that were either destroyed or washed away by the floods,” said Tizora acknowledging that most of the victims do not have food to eat and feed their families.They have less than normal food consumption and a reduced number of meals with a corresponding reduction in the variety of food eaten,” he said.
“These people cannot even cook because of the severe shortage of fuel for cooking since their sources of fuel are damp and difficult to get hold of”.
He pointed out that already the consumption of high nutritional foodstuffs is far lower than recommended, a situation which he said has led to widespread iron, iodine and vitamin A micro deficiency because of the low dietary intake which mainly consists of the staple diet, maize.
“We have also noted that the level of dietary consumption and expenses incurred by the affected households in order to maintain normal food consumption levels have an impact of the households’ food security,” he said.
Adding that CICOD has joined hands with Sign of Hope to give a hand by giving out 20kg maize flour, 5kgs beans, 5kgs soya beans, 2 litres of cooking oil and 500 grams edible salt.
The director further explained that most of the provisions have been targeted at children and women considering their prevailing state of health.
“Given the country’s precarious nutritional state of children and women and the close association of the nutrition of children and their mothers, CICOD found it necessary to secure more children and women as beneficiaries,” Tizora said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :