Cross Life Church (CLC) has donated assorted items to 3 446 households affected by the recent floods in Chikwawa.
The church gave the donation with financial support from Convoy of Hope, a US-based organisation, to the tune of K14 million.
Speaking when they donated the items last Sunday at St. Matthew’s Catholic Primary School, CLC pastor Isaac Chitakata said the church is obliged to help the needy.
“We cannot turn a blind eye to victims of floods that wreaked havoc in most parts of the Southern Region. We donated the items to alleviate their sufferings. Some of these people lost their loved ones or breadwinners. The declaration of a State of Disaster is enough call for everyone to reach out,” said Chitakata.
He urged affected households to intensify reforestation drives in their areas, saying environmental degradation exacerbates effects of climate change, including floods.
Convoy of Hope international disaster services deployment manager Jeremy Williamson said the NGO provided the funds to ensure that affected Malawians are not stressed.
“We cannot allow the beautiful smiles to vanish with sorrow caused by floods. Funds were provided to keep their faith strong,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, John Five, was delighted with the gesture, saying it was timely and the items will save them from starvation.
Donated items included maize flour, sugar, salt, soap, cooking oil, candle and maize seed for winter cropping. n