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.
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.
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.