Blantyre, Internally displaced people (IDPs) living at Chikuse Camp in Chikwawa were all smiles on Wednesday when a South African Prophet Samuel Radebe of the Revelation Church of God donated various items.
Presenting the donation, Prophet Radebe said he believed in the spirit of Africanism and humanity, hence his donation of K20 million worth of items solicited from Christians under the church in South Africa to the flood-affected families in Malawi.
I came here because of the spirit of Africanism. An injury to one African is an injury to all Africans.
Apart from that, it is the spirit of humanity that has made me to be here. It does not matter the race but whatever problems that one has, you would want to help, said Radebe.
He said the church has a critical role to play in the community such as providing solutions to the common problems the community is facing.
The church must be visible. The church cannot just be a place of few individuals locked up in a room praying, but rather also bring solutions to issues affecting the community.
We have brought food stuffs, blankets, clothes and kitchen utensils that will be shared among the people living at this camp, he added.
District Commissioner for Chikwawa, Lusizi Nhlane expressed gratitude to the Revelation Church of God, saying the donation would simplify lives as well as promoting nutrition of families that were affected by floods.
Since the president declared a state of disaster, we have received overwhelming support from Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), companies and the donor community.
We want those households to be food-secure come November, this year (2019) and we will further reach out to those people who are not in camps but their crops were destroyed due to the floods, he added.
The district commissioner, Nhlane, said the district has plans to help those displaced from their homes to relocate to their homes with tents in addition to farm inputs they have been given to start planting again once they get home.
Chikuse Camp, which is at Nchalo Trading Centre, houses 6227 displaced people.
Source: MANA Online