Rumphi, Sub Traditional Authority Chapinduka of Tcharo in Rumphi has pleaded for quick shelter support to victims of the landslide that occurred during the Easter eve this year (2019).
The sub chief made the request when Girls Not Brides-Northern Chapter donated assorted relief items to school-going girls who were affected by the disaster.
Chapinduka appealed to government and other non-governmental organizations of good will to support the victims to rebuild their homes saying since the disaster struck in April to date, nobody has come to their rescue to help them rebuild their homes.
I am appealing to government to fulfill the promise they made and request non-governmental organizations to support the affected families to rebuild their homes.
Meanwhile, the victims are living with members of their extended families, but live in uncomfortable environment as the houses cannot accommodate more people, Chapinduka lamented.
According to the sub chief, government through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) promised to include the families that lost their houses to the hailstorm in the Descent and Affordable Housing Programme.
We were promised that the affected families will be included in the Descent and Affordable Housing Program to help the victims rebuild their homes but since then there has been no communication, a situation which is making us lose hope, he explained.
The traditional leader said at least ten affected families need immediate housing.
DoDMA Director responsible for Disaster Response and Recovery, Harris Kachale acknowledged making the promise to the affected families and said his department was working with Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development to make sure the victims have been assisted.
We are working together with our colleagues from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development who are implementing the programme to incorporate affected families, Kachale said.
Girls and Not Brides-Northern Chapter executive member, Peter Gondwe of Life Concern Organization (LICO) said their grouping would be looking into addressing the challenges raised by the chief and do what they can manage.
We are working towards the welfare of the girl child and we thought it is high time we do something to assist school-going girls who were affected by hailstorm because mostly women and girls are affected when such disaster strikes.
Gondwe said following the disaster, most of the children stopped going to school because of lack of basic needs that their families cannot provide since their belongings were washed away during the disaster.
This is reason we came to donate some items to keep the girl child in school even after the disaster.
We are also urging parents not to marry off their daughters because of the economic hiccups they are currently facing, he said.
Life Concern Organization (LICO), through Girls Not Brides- Malawi Chapter donated assorted relief items to flood victims which included flour, menstrual wear, writing materials, rechargeable solar torches, clothes and school bags.
Girls not Brides-Malawi Chapter is a consortium of organizations working towards the promotion of girls’ rights and education in Malawi which is a local partner of Girls not Brides based in United Kingdom.
Source: MANA Online