The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM) has launched a three-year climate change adaptation and mitigation project valued at K300 million (about $715 000) to cover all districts in the country.
Speaking at the regional launch at Luvwere Primary School in Mzimba on Saturday, coordinator of the project, Dean Spencer Mngongonda, said the project aims at helping communities mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
He said the project will benefit all citizens despite church affiliation.
“We are first of all launching it at deanery level, and then move to the parish level. The aim is to empower pastors, so that this should trickle down to Christians.
“We expect that Christians will streamline these ideas into the area or village development committees for the project to benefit everybody,” said Mngongonda.
Guest of honour, ELCM Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe, said the church has a role to play in government’s projects to restore nature to its original order.
“The church acknowledges that humans have negatively affected creation. This project is aimed at restoring God’s creation because when bad things happen due to climate change, people start questioning the love of God. So, we need to mitigate these effects for people to understand the love of God,” he said.
The national launch took place on 1st March in Mulanje. The Central Region launch was in Dowa.
ELCM is also running an anti-malaria project in districts along the lakeshore. The projects are being funded by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).