Young Achievers for Development (YAD), a local non-government that advocates and advance the interests of the youths in Malawi, on Saturday donated various relief items to people affected with devastating floods in Blantyre.
The items, worth over K2 million and sourced with funding from the Palliative Care Support Trust (PCST) were separately donated affected household families camping at Chimwankhunda Primary School in Chilobwe, Makata Primary School in Ndirande, Nancholi and Makheta townships.
The items comprised kitchen utensils, blankets, assorted food stuff (cooking oil, cabbage, bags of rice, likuni phala, tomatoes and onions) and laundry soap, among others.
Their assessment, according to YAD President Jefferson Milanzie, showed that some affected household families in Blantyre are yet to receive any assistance as most benefactors trek to floods prone lower shire districts of Nsanje and Chikwawa.
“The media is also to blame; you have highly written about floods in Nsanje, Chikwawa and Phalombe ignoring Blantyre and other surrounding areas.
“Some People here in Blantyre were also highly affected and lacks pertinent commodities,” said Milanzie.
He therefore said YAD believes it has a role to play in addressing some challenges floods affected people are facing in camp sites and elsewhere.
Milanzie then extended his gratitude to Palliative Care Support Trust for the financial support rendered to his organisation and making it possible that people affected with floods must be reached out with various relief items.
Likewise, Deliwe Kapyepye, PCST’s Finance Manager, said people are at the centre of what of they do and could not have been silent when some Malawians are needing assistance.
“As such we decided to partner and engage YAD to lead in this initiative to lessen the suffering of our friends affected by these floods.
“Much as our duty is to with illnesses and sickness, we could not just sit and watch people who are at the centre of what we do suffer because of the floods,” said Kapyepye.
On his part, Adrian Mpinganjira, Blantyre City Council official, hailed YAD and PCST for the relief items, saying they will ease some of the problems being faced by the floods victims.
He also urged other institutions to borrow a leaf from YAD and Palliative Care Support Trust, observing that government alone cannot address the needs of all affected people across the country.
President Peter Mutharika recently declared Malawi State of Disaster and appealed for foreign aid.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), in an update on the disasters, about 638,000 people have been affected nationwide with 174,000 people left homeless in three most affected districts namely Chikwawa, Nsanje and Phalombe.
The update also gives the figure of 79 deaths and 153 people missing in Nsanje.
Government has so far provided K1.5 billion towards the relief programme, which is requiring about K38 billion for a full response which could leave the 200,000 displaced people vulnerable and at risk of hunger and diseases in the camps where they are seeking shelter.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :