MRCS distributing recovery packages worth K2.2B to Nsanje district IDPs

Nsanje, Malawi Red Cross Society in conjunction with the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) last week started distributing start up recovery packages to internally displaced people with worth K2.2 billion.

The support which is intending to target 14,000 households in four districts namely Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe, Zomba and Mulanje has now seen about 400 households who are being accommodated at Bitilinyu camp who were displaced in the area of traditional authority Nyachikadza start benefiting from the initiative.

Speaking during the presentation of the start-up recovery package at Bitilinyu camp Monday, Disaster Response and Recovery Specialist Chisomo Teputepu said time has come for every stakeholder to work with government in providing durable solutions to the internally displaced people so that they start a new lease of life.

Teputepu noted that government alone cannot provide the necessary facilities to the people who were affected by the floods as the current situation need multi-sectoral approach.

He said: Facilitating durable solutions to the internally displaced people requires that all stakeholders, including national and local authorities as well as humanitarian and development actors, work together, identify the right strategies and activities to assist IDPs in this process, and set criteria that will help to determine to what extent a durable solution can be achieved.

Through our donors namely ECHO, DFID, Danish Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross, Netherland Red Cross, Belgium Red Cross and Icelandic Red Cross which has coughed about K2.2 billion to provide starter packages for the people who are in camps in the five districts and targeting 14, 000 households.

Teputepu further said as Malawi Red Cross Society thought it wise to partner with Malawi government so that when people are about to be returning back to their respective areas, they should provide them with materials which will help them to recovery effectively.

We are auxiliary to the government so we work hand in hand with it (government) in assisting flood victims through various means such as what we are doing today at Bitilinyu camp. This time around, we are assisting the internally displaced people who are at the camp with materials which will help them settle peacefully when they are going back to their original homes.

Amongst the materials that we are providing are kitchen utensils as pots and plates, shelter kits which comprised of shovels, hoes, a huge tent cover. There is also two resting mats, a tablet of soap but also chlorine for improved sanitation,” said Teputepu.

Traditional Authority Nyachikadza applauded the gesture shown by the Malawi government and Malawi Red Cross Society as he said the people who are at the camp can now move to their original places and start recover.

Nyachikadza further asked other well wishers to continue assisting them as they will need more support for them to recover fully from what happened to them.

”As traditional authority Nyachikadza, I am very happy with the support as my people were heavily affected by the floods. So, this development will help us a lot since people had lost almost everything they had so the support will help them start over again,” said TA Nyachikadza.

Source: MANA Online