Following the heavy rains and floods that have left many people destitute in some parts of the country, leading mobile company, Airtel Malawi has made a donation of K20 million to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) which is currently on the ground helping the affected people.
Among others the affected Districts include Nsanje,Chikwawa, Phalombe, Mulanje, Machinga, Mangochi and Zomba.
Speaking during the presentation of the Cheque on Thursday at Capital Hill in Lilongwe, Airtel Legal, Regulatory Director and Company Secretary Hlupikire Chalamba said as a mobile company they have noted with concern that some of its customers have been affected thus they cannot keep quite.
“We have noted with concern, the plight that the floods have caused and impacted on families and loved ones in several districts across the country which some of them are our customers.
“As a responsible and caring corporate citizen, Airtel could not stand by and not do anything. Therefore, I am here to present this donation of K20 million to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) to support its efforts in providing assistance and support to all the families and households that have been affected by the floods,” She said
Chalamba added “This donation may not be much in comparison to the level of devastation that is currently growing by the day, but it is my hope, our hope that it will somehow give the affected families and households a chance to recover from this calamity and hope to start rebuilding their lives”.
She further asked all the well-wishers in the country to extend a helping hand towards those affected with floods saying God also blesses the hand that gives.
Director of Risk reduction in the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) James Chiusiwa said as on now,56 people are reported dead while many others have injured and currently 187 temporary Camps have been set up by Government of Malawi in the affected districts where victims are receiving aid.
Chiusiwa said Government is grateful with Airtel donation saying it has come at a time where people affected by floods are lacking several things including shelter and food.
“184 000 households have been affected and 16 000 households aredisplaced, now they are seeking shelter in schools, churches and Mosques, this means there are many health problems attached to that because the latrines meant for pupils in schools are being used by many people which is unhealthy at all,” he said.
“We still need support because we need to buy more Tents, food items such as sugar salt, soya pieces, maize flour among others to be distributed to the victim,” he added
On the same note Airtel has also donated 10 computers to Lilongwe Technical College as a way of supporting the education Sector in providing learning resources for Students in various Technical colleges across the country.
Speaking after the donation on Wednesday at Lilongwe Technical College, Director of Technical and Vocational training in the Ministry of Labor, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Aubrey Matemba said the ministry is happy with the donation saying in this modern era computers are vital for studies.
Matemba said the Computers will help students access information for their studies in General and further urged the beneficiaries to take care of the computers for others coming ahead to also use them.
Principle for Lilongwe Technical College Suzika Mvalo thanked Airtel for the gesture saying the computers will help in fulfilling the needs of other courses that are offered at the institution where a computer is a prerequisiteFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :