Nkhata Bay, The Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) on Tuesday disclosed it will distribute 14,850 blankets valued at MK80 million to vulnerable people in all the 28 districts in Malawi.
Malawi Red Cross Society President, Levison Changole, disclosed the news at Chilerawana Village in the area of Senior Chief Mkumbira in Nkhata Bay District where he presided over this year’s launch of National Blanket Distribution.
14,850 pieces of blankets will be distributed this year to 33 divisions in all the 28 districts in Malawi. The value of the blankets is about MK80 million, Changole explained.
He said the annual blanket distribution was in line with the Malawi Red Cross’s mission of alleviating human suffering and improving the quality of life for the vulnerable people through relief and development programmes.
Our targeted beneficiaries mainly include orphans and other vulnerable children, the elderly, the chronically ill and the disabled. These blankets will protect them from cold during winter thereby safeguarding them from cases of pneumonia and other ailments. Changole said.
About 430 people in the area received the blankets during the launch ceremony.
Also speaking during the function, Senior Chief Mkumbira commended the Japanese Government for the relief items but cautioned the beneficiaries not to sell the blankets.
We are happy for the blankets that we have received here; we also thank the Japanese Government and Red Cross for the gesture. The blankets have come at the right time when we are approaching June when the weather is cold.
May I advise all the people that have received the blankets to use them accordingly and not sell them, appealed Chief Mkumbira.
Malawi Red Cross Society with support from the Japanese-Blanket-for-Africa Campaign (JBAC) has been distributing blankets to the needy beneficiaries in Malawi for the past 22 years.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA