Dedza Catholic Diocese with assistance from Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church has embarked on relief maize to 16,000 hunger- stricken families in Ntcheu.
Speaking Monday at Sharp Valley in Ntcheu when he launched the distribution exercise, Bishop of Dedza Diocese, Emmanuel Kanyama said the Catholic Church believes in doing what it preaches, hence the donation.
“This gesture demonstrate God’s love and mercy to his people whom he created in his image, as such this donations goes to hunger-stricken family regardless of their denominations and faiths,” said Bishop Kanyama.
He said one-off help was not enough to hunger-stricken families and that there is need for individuals and organizations to emulate the gesture by assisting the needy.
“This maize is not enough as these people have to depend on the donations for them to ably cope of with life for some time and this calls for continued relief food provision,” he said.
He said the relief maize will be distributed to families within Bilira and Sharp Valle extension planning areas for two months.
“These areas were last year heavily affected by floods and prolonged dry spells which affected agricultural productivity, hence the need to call for more stakeholders to assist these families,” said Bishop Kanyama.
Earlier, Assistant Disaster Risk Management Desk Officer for Ntcheu, Mathias Nundwe commended Dedza Diocese for the donation.
“Ntcheu is one the disaster prone areas in the country and each year some families in some parts of the district are either left homeless or food insecure due to natural disasters such as floods and drought,” said Nundwe.
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