Irish govt offer K5bn humanitarian package for Malawi flood affected people

The Irish Government in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Malawi announced a package of funding in excess of €1 million (approx MK5 billion) to assist in responding to the humanitarian crisis which has resulted from the recent floods.

Flood vicitms with relief items

Flood vicitms with relief items

Irish envoy Hearns when she  presented her  credentials  to President Mutharika

Irish envoy Hearns when she presented her credentials to President Mutharika

As part of this package the Irish Government mobilised an airlift of 58 metric tonnes of non food items, including tents, blankets, mosquito nets, water tanks and other urgently required items, at a cost of €500,000, (approx Mkw.2.5 billion).

The Irish Ambassador to Malawi Áine Hearns said; “These items are being delivered to those most in need in rural areas affected by the recent flooding and identified by the Government and our NGO partners. In particular we are working with our partners to ensure that these items are delivered swiftly and contribute effectively to the overall Government response.”

The aid will be delivered by Irish and partner NGOs; Goal, Concern Worldwide, Trocaire, Self Help, Concern Universal and the Evangelical Association of Malawi, who have a strong presence and are actively responding in the worst affected areas.

“The Irish people are looking closely at the unfolding situation in Malawi and President Michael D. Higgins, who visited Malawi last November, has communicated with President Mutharika, extending his own and the people of Ireland’s condolences and assuring Ireland have continued solidarity with the people of Malawi. Our support is a reflection of the Irish people’s empathy with the Malawian people,’ said Hearns.

Irish Aid’s programme in Malawi has as a key focus the enhancement of vulnerable communities’ resilience to the effects of climatic and other environmental and economic shocks.  This focus recognises the increasing challenges that climate and other environmental factors pose to the livelihoods of Malawi’s poorest communities.

‘In this context we have been able to address the immediate needs of flood affected communities through some of our ongoing partnerships,” added Hearns.

In addition to the provision of these urgently required non food items, Irish Aid’s programme in Malawi has re-allocated a further €250,000 (K127million) funding from within its existing support to these partners which has enabled them to provide urgent food and other requirements to the affected communities.

A further £350,000 (K236million) has been allocated to Concern Worldwide, Action Aid, Christian Aid and Save the Children through the joint UK / Ireland Start fund[1].

Irish Aid has also approved the draw-down of €100,000 (K50.8million) Plan Ireland from their 2015 Emergency Response Fund Scheme (ERFS) funding to respond to the Malawi flood crisis, through this scheme, Irish Aid pre-positions a defined amount of funds with strategic NGO partners to enable them to respond quickly and appropriately to humanitarian crises.

This disbursement will be used by Plan to provide 3,600 displaced families with locally procured food and shelter items in Mulanje district, with a strong focus on child protection.

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7 thoughts on “Irish govt offer K5bn humanitarian package for Malawi flood affected people”

  1. apundi says says:

    koma landiradi anthuwa ndi bingugatey kkkkkkkkkki

  2. popapo says:

    Many thanks to various donors, well wishers both from outside and within. I just imagine if these huge sums on money and materials can to a larger extent be used to find permanent home, infrastructure for victims who came from flood prone areas. Take these folks to a promised land where schools, roads, hospitals, water and other amenities are arranged before taking them there. Mudzi wa Chisanzo can easily be done with this situation. Tiyetse a Malawi zotheka izi.

  3. Ine says:

    Iwe ujeni comment number 1, you never have anything good to say about people abroad. Seen a lot of your comments. You sound like a bitter cow. Female prostitutes iwe unakwerako ndani ku Ireland ko. Get a fucken life. You are the one tarnishing the image coz you always come up with stupid lies.

  4. Big brain says:

    Atumbuka a zanga mukuti bwanji apa ndalama izi alomwewa Aba ndinthu

  5. C Banda says:

    1 million Euros is NOT 5 billion kwacha, but (around) 500 million kwacha

  6. ujeni says:

    The Irish are more helpful than our usual friends we always worship. On another note, someone need to caution the female prostitutes from Malawi who are in Ireland and about to tarnish Malawi reputation.

  7. CONGO MAFIA says:

    K5 billion? Another cashgate in making. That money shouldnt be handed over to government but be channeled to NGOs. Nacgate is still fresh in memories.

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