Over 6,000 people directly affected by floods in the area of traditional authority Kaduya in Malawi’s southern district of Phalombe on Sunday received packs of relief items from a local charity Asian Muslims Relief Aid (Amra) as part of the organisation’s effort to alleviate the suffering of flood victims in most parts of the country.
The donations came few days after the charity donated another relief aid to other families affected by the floods in the same district.
A representative of Amra, Abbas Panjwane told journalists at Nasiyaya Primary School after the donation that the Sunday’s exercise was a small part of K300 million the organization has realized through donors for the relief effort.
“On this specific distribution we have got 1,100 packs. Each pack is sufficient for a family of five and above, so you are looking at targeting 6,000 people. This is the part of K300 million realize through donors for the effort,” said Panjwane.
He said the organization has so far distributed 7,000 packs throughout Phalombe, 1000 has been distributed in Mangochi and other packs have been distributed in Nchalo.
The relief pack consists of 10kg maize flour, 1 roll of black sheeting, 2kg maize seed, 25 water guard water purification sachets, 1 blanket, kitchen utensils consisting of 7 plates, 7 mugs, 7 spoons, 7 ndiwo (relish) plates, book, 2 packets of soya pieces, 1 mosquito net, 1 plastic Bucket and 1 plastic basin.
Panjwane said although the large chunk of the funds is from local donors, Amra is also working with other international charities in the effort.
For example representatives of the South Africa-based charity Polokwane Muslim Trust Fund and a UK-based charity Drop of Compassion, demonstrated their support towards the relief efforton Sunday.
Omar Ismael of Drop of Hope told journalists that the charity contributed about 35, 000 GBP and that they will continue to pump more money into the initiative.