Oxfam touts its recovery programmes in Nsanje

Oxfam Malawi says it has implemented three recovery programmes targetting people who were hit by Cyclone Idai at Makhanga in Nsanje by supporting them with projects in agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene.

As part of the intervention, Oxfam  provided farm inputs to about 1 000 farmers, drilled three boreholes, rehabilitated 26 boreholes and distributed 900 water filters.

One of the beneficiaries tending to crops

Speaking to journalists on a tour of the area on Thursday, Oxfam Malawi humanitarian programmes manager Joseph Moyo said he was impressed with the work Oxfam Malawi is doing to support people displaced by floods to enable them recover from their loss.

“This programme has helped people to grow what they lost during the floods. We have drilled and rehabilitated boreholes and also helped the community to build new pit latrines.

“During the disaster, some people abused women and girls. So, we ensure that the voice of vulnerable people is heard,” he said.

Nsanje District Council disaster risk reduction officer Martin Chiwanda said Oxfam’s project has improved the livelihoods of the people in the area.

He said: “This area is isolated and not easy for donors to do their interventions in flood response and recovery.”

One of the beneficiaries, Emma Moyenda, thanked Oxfam Malawi for the support which he said came at the right time.

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