The United Methodist Church on Saturday donated assorted food items and utensils to over 3 000 families affected by dry spells in Traditional Authority Ganya in Ntcheu District.
The items included maize flour, sugar, cooking oil, kitchen utensils, salt, beans and maternity packages for pregnant women.
Speaking during the presentation at Mtumba Primary School, representative of the partner that supported the church, Reverend Olav Schmidt from Germany, said it was important for people to help one another in times of need.
“We are glad that we are here today making this donation. Giving sets one free and that is why we all need to develop that giving spirit so that we reach out to many lives that are in need,” he said.
On his part, the Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji’s finance adviser Everson Chigona commended the church for the support.
“We received reports that people from this area experience hunger due to dry spells. We are really grateful for the donation,” he said.
Chigona also appealed to other well-wishers to emulate the church, saying people from the area have a long way to self sufficiency. Department of Disaster Management Affairs deputy director for response and recovery Dyce Nkhoma said over 7 000 households in Ntcheu were affected.