Young Achievers for Development (YAD) in partnership with Palliative Care Support Trust extended their charity arm to more floods victims in Mbayani, Blantyre where they distributed various relief items worth over K4.7 million.
Last week, YAD donated relief items worth over K2 million to four camps-namely Chimwankhunda and Makata Primary Schools, Nacholi and Makheta where some floods victims are being sheltered.
On Saturday, members of YAD provided floods victims in Mbayani with mattresses, blankets, kitchen utensils, cooking oil, rice, maize flour, sugar, Likuni phala and other food stuff.
The items were sourced with funding from the Palliative Care Support Trust at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
Most of the beneficiaries (over 250 families) were child-headed families and the elderly.
YAD president Jefferson Milanzie reiterated that they believe that they equally shoulder responsibility to assist people who are in dire need of basic items, likewise floods victims facing various challenges in camp sites across the country.
He said the youths should always take leading role in addressing and taking centre stage in issues of national interest.
“A big mention to Young Achievers team for the wonderful noble work though it was hectic to control people but in the end we all smiled for making vulnerable Malawians happy. To our partner Palliative Care Support Trust’, only God knows how best to reward you guys,” said Milanzie.
On her part, PCST Finance Manager, Deliwe Kacheche said people are at the centre of what of they do and could not have been silent when some Malawians are needing assistance.
“As such we decided to partner and engage YAD to lead in this initiative to lessen the suffering of our friends affected by these floods.
“Much as our duty is to with illnesses and sickness, we could not just sit and watch people who are at the centre of what we do suffer because of the floods,” said Kacheche.
Over 10,000 families were affected by floods in the commercial capital, Blantyre alone, according to Adrian Mpinganjira, Blantyre City Council official, who presided over the distribution exercise.
President Peter Mutharika recently declared Malawi State of Disaster and appealed for foreign aid.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), in an update on the disasters, about 638,000 people have been affected nationwide with 174,000 people left homeless in three most affected districts namely Chikwawa, Nsanje and Phalombe.
The update also gives the figure of 79 deaths and 153 people missing in Nsanje.
Government has so far provided K1.5 billion towards the relief programme, which is requiring about K38 billion for a full response which could leave the 200,000 displaced people vulnerable and at risk of hunger and diseases in the camps where they are seeking shelter.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :