Development Aid from People to People (Dapp) has donated clothes to Tropical Cyclone Freddy survivors in Chiradzulu and Mulanje districts.
Speaking on Friday in Chiradzulu during the event, Dapp representative Patrick Jafali said the initiative was part of providing people with clothes as they had lost them during the disaster.
“We felt we could do something to complement government’s efforts to support the survivors. Today [Monday] we will distribute clothes to survivors in Phalombe,” he said.
Doreen Nyaude from Mataka Village in Traditional Authority Likoswe said she lost four family members and all family property.
“I lost all clothes. I thank Dapp for the donation because I will have extra clothes. It would be difficult to get new ones due to the situation I have found myself in,” she said.
Group village head Mataka said people were in need of basic items.
“We thank Dapp for the timely support. However, we still need more humanitarian assistance to help survivors recover from their loss. So, I appeal to well-wishers to help the survivors with food and non-food items,” she said.
The chief appealed to the survivors not to sell the clothes, saying it will defeat the purpose of the donation.
Dapp has donated 14 tonnes of clothes targeting 2 000 survivors in the three districts.
Besides the clothes, Dapp is also sheltering about 800 survivors at its Mikolongwe Vocational Training School in Chiradzulu.
Malawi experienced one of the worst cyclones in history which has claimed more than 447 lives and displaced at least 800 people.