Malawi Muslim Charity distributes K3.5m relief aid to flood survivors:

Al-Barakah Charity Trust, an Islamic organization that works towards the improvement of education, health and relief has distributed various items to 500 families affected by floods in the area of Senior Chief Mponda in Mangochi.

The items valued at K3.5million included 20 kilogrammes of maize flour, 4 kilogrammes of beans, 2 kilogrammes of salt, 1 kilogramme of sugar and plastic buckets.

Speaking during the distribution exercise of the items at Mpondasi Primary School ground, Executive Director for the Trust, Ibrahim Milanzi said as a trust they were touched by the plight of the affected households most of whom lost their property to the floods.

“We are particularly concerned to see how people in the area of Senior Chief Mponda in Mangochi have suffered due to the devastating floods that occurred early this year during the rainy season as many lost houses and are living in destitution,” Milanzi observed.

Donation to flood survivors by Al-Barakah Charity Trust
Donation to flood survivors by Al-Barakah Charity Trust

“As a trust, we were equally concerned to see that people in the area of Senior Chief Mponda in Mangochi most of whom belong to the Muslim religion were suffering due to the floods and as a result could not effectively contribute to development,” he added.

He said the items were meant to bring relief and help in resettlement of the affected households thereby enabling them to continue living a normal life.

Milanzi added that it is the objective of the trust to complement government efforts of providing quality life to people affected by various natural calamities hence the gesture to reach out to the 500 families from six villages of Senior Chief Mponda.

Milanzi, therefore, disclosed that the relief aid has been distributed to all without regard to one’s religious affiliation, adding that the trust has been distributing relief items to other survivors of floods in Zomba, Thyolo and Phalombe.

Speaking earlier, Al-Barakah Trust Chairperson, Sheikh Yusuf Abdurrahman pledged to assist parents and guardians who were struggling to raise money for school fees saying the charity organization would consider intervening.

“All we would ask of you is to come forward with names of such wards (children) so that we include them on the list of beneficiaries of the school bursary the Al-Barakah Charity Trust administers,” he pointed out.

Al-Barakah Charity Trust is based in Zomba and it was registered as a non-governmental organization in 2001. –Malawi News Agency

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