Word Alive Commission for Relief and Development (WACRAD) has scaled up its programmes aimed to reach households in Blantyre that were under targeted by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) response of 2015-2016 in Senior Chief Kapeni’s area despite that the area has the highest population in the district.
This was revealed in a briefing meeting which the organisation held with the District Commissioner (DC) for Blantyre, Bennet Nkasala at the council’s offices on Monday.
“The area of Senior Chief Kapeni was selected because it was the most under targeted area by MVAC’s response of 2015 – 2016.
“The site selection was done in consultation with the district council and other organisations working in the area to avoid duplication of beneficiaries,” Petros Abbas, Associate Director for WACRAD explained.
According to Abbas, 1,000 households in 11 GVHs of Kumponda, Patsani, Mtema, Manjome, Jameson, Mchere, Roben Msambuzi, Somanje, Chiwalo, Manesi Kapeni, Mponda and two villages of Masulani 1 and 2 are expected to benefit from the programme.
“Each household beneficiary will receive cash equivalent to 50 kilogram (kg) bag of maize, 5 kg of legumes, 2 litres of cooking oil, 500grams of kitchen salt, and additional MK1,000 for soap,” he added.
Abbas said the programme would run for five months from November 2015 to March 2017 assuming that by that month farmers will have harvested.
He said the programme has a farm input distribution component of maize seeds and sweet potato vines coupled with conservation agriculture trainings for sustainable agricultural production beneficiaries.
Senior Chief Kapeni hailed WACRAD for its continued relief support in his area.
“I commend the organisation because it is complementing government’s effort to reduce hunger challenges communities are facing due to drought and floods in my area,” said Kapeni.
From February to June 2016, Word Alive Ministries International (WAMI) a mother body of WACRAD assisted 380 households in a similar situation in the area.
World Renew an international Christian organisation operating in the country since its registration with Malawi government in 1989 has funded the MK290 million relief programme through WACRAD a relief and development arm of WAMI.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA.