Members of the St. Peter’s Anglican Church in England on Sunday donated maize to 100 needy families in the area of Senior Group Village Headman Mnyanja in Kasungu.
The donation comes three weeks after Mana reported food crisis in the area following a dry spell that destroyed maize and other crops.
Speaking on behalf of the St. Peters Church, Nelson Japan from St… Andrews Anglican Church in Mtunthama, Kasungu, said the donation was a response to the SOS that people of Mnyanja area sounded.
“Our friends at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in England have sent you this little donation,” said Japan. “It’s not much but they have promised that they will keep on fundraising for more humanitarian support.”
Senior Group Village Headman Mnyanja and Sub-TA Chitanthamapiri whose area of jurisdiction is worst affected hailed the Church for the donation and appealed for more well wishers to follow suit.
Chitanthamapiri described the hunger situation in the area as unbearable and he feared for the lives of his subjects among them chronically ill and children.
“We are very desperate and we need such humanitarian support,” said Chitanthamapiri.
“We are very thankful to the St. Peter’s Church for the donation which will assist the 100 families; but we need more support.”
Beneficiaries of the donation, among them, the elderly and the most needy, were selected from thirteen villages among them Chimbiya, Mnyanja, Kankhwende, Chapepuka and Muyandamphale.
Members of St. Peter’s Church have been carrying out a number of development projects in the area since 2007 when a team from the Church visited St. Andrews Anglican in Mtunthama.
They took a young man from Chimbiya Village, Sapulain Chitonde, to UK for a visit in 2007 and since then, the UK friends have constructed a Primary School in the village, among other things.
Meanwhile, the members of St. Peter’s Church are planning to construct a dam in Mnyanja Village to harvest water for surrounding villages to practice irrigation farming.
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