Blantyre, Mlambe Health and Social Trust (MhEST) has disclosed that it has managed to reach out to 210 people who were affected by the floods in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mwambo in Zomba by providing clothing to enable them stay warm in the winter season.
MhEST Technical Director, Grace Makonyola told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesday that the organisation has been taking part in the district council’s efforts to help those affected by heavy rains and floods which hit the district early in March this year.
We received a donation from well-wishers in Italy; so, we found it appropriate to distribute the items to the affected people. Among the relief items distributed are blankets, scarves, clothes, zitenje (wrappers) and school bags, she said.
Makonyola added that, The beneficiaries were categorised according to their age-group including infants, toddlers, children, youth and the elderly.
She said the Trust would continue working with the Council in reaching out to the affected families, saying they started this on June 4, 2019 and is expected to be through by this month end.
District Commissioner (DC) for Zomba, Emmanuel Bambe has hailed MhEST for the gesture saying it would go a long way in providing warmth to the flood survivors most of whom lost their personal effects to the disaster.
Apart from what government provided especially in form of relief food, the people of Group Village Headman Taulo and Chimbalanga have now received clothes, blankets and some other items which will be very beneficial, he said.
Bambe said the clothing will specifically benefit under five children who end up suffering from respiratory infections like pneumonia during the cold season due to lack of blankets.
So, to us this has come at a very opportune time and we ask that they continue complementing government in its efforts of providing for its citizens, the DC added.
This is the second time MhEST has reached out and donated to people who were either displaced or survived the floods in March, 2019 in the district.
Source: MANA Online