World Day of Prayer has donated food and non-food items worth K2 million to people affected by Tropical Storm Ana in Traditional Authority (TA) Govati in Mwanza District.
In an interview on Thursday, the group’s national secretary Milly Babra Jumbe said as a religious organisation, it was their desire to reach out to the affected people.
She said: “We thank the First Lady Monica Chakwera and other partners for helping us with resources to support the affected people.
“We haven’t conducted the World Day of Prayer for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
At the function, Total Energies Marketing Malawi donated a consignment of solar lamps worth K1 million to the affected households.
The company’s managing director Nerusha Govender said they appreciated the challenges the survivors were facing to access light.
“We want children in the affected households to continue studying at night so that their performance at school should not be affected,” she said.
In a separate interview, Mwanza district risk reduction officer Ivy Cham’mudzi said this was the first time the survivors received food items.
“Therefore, we are grateful for the donation,” she said.
A beneficiary, Karuti Benison, thanked the women’s group and Total Energies Malawi for the donation.
“The heavy rains destroyed my house and my property. I will have to rebuild a house after the rainy season,” he said.
About 120 affected households from group village head Govati each received a 25 kilogramme bag of maize flour, dried fish and sugar each among other items.
About 5 850 households in the district are in need of various forms of support, including food items, plastic sheets, utensils and chlorine