Pakistan Welfare Association (PWA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), on Sunday donated relief food items and non-food items to 2 000 families affected by floods in Mitondo, East bank in Chikwawa.
The victims travelled about 20 kilometres from their respective villages on the eastern bank of Shire River to receive the long-anticipated food items at Mitondo Primary School where they gathered as early as 7am.
Speaking in an interview, PWA general secretary Mohammed Saqib Ali said the group decided to reach out to the people because they were from hard-to-reach places which were being overlooked in the distribution of relief food.
“We went to their places ourselves to make assessments. We walked because vehicles cannot get there as roads are cut off, thereby isolating the places from the rest,” he said.
Mitondo South Ward former councillor, Manik Ganet, hailed the group for the timely assistance.
“The donations will lessen their suffering, especially women who are breastfeeding,” he said.
Smiling after receiving a 10 kilogramme bag of maize, three packets of powdered milk, four tablets of soap, matches, a blanket and a bucket, Marita Watson, 24, from Leza Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Makhuwira, thanked PWA for the assistance.
“Now my two children and I will eat nsima after days of surviving on vegetables only,” she said. n