MACOHA supports flood survivors with disabilities

Chiradzulu, Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) has donated household’s items to 100 people with disabilities who were affected by floods in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Ntchema and Sub Traditional Authority (STA) Sandaraki.

MACOHA Rehabilitation Officer for Coordinating Disaster Projects, Elvis Katete told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesday in the district that the decision came after discovering that people with disabilities were being discriminated against in the camps.

For instance, in Phalombe a woman with disability was chased out of an evacuation camp for no apparent reason except for discrimination, he lamented, adding that MACOHA’s support was meant for without discrimination.

Katete said beneficiaries of the relief items would also be provided with vocational skills like carpentry and tailoring among others to be empowered economically.

One of the beneficiaries Thomas Bester from Kasani Village in the area of TA Ntchema thanked MACOHA for the donation, saying it would go a long way in alleviating some of the challenges people displaced by floods were facing.

He urged well-wishers to assist some people seeking refuge in camps with some materials for reconstructing their homes in a bid to make the resettlement process smooth.

MACOHA donated a pack of flour, salt, sugar, soap, a plastic bucket, cooking oil, beans and a blanket to each beneficiary in six districts of the hardest hit with funds amounting to K33 million from Healing Hope International, a Canadian organisation.

Source: MANA Online