The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia, through its development department, has distributed disaster relief food items to drought and floods victims in Karonga and Rumphi districts.
Speaking in Karonga on Tuesday, the synod’s general secretary the Reverend Levi Nyondo said the exercise was part of the church’s mission to help those in suffering, including victims of disasters.
“The floods that happened earlier this year destroyed crops and affected households have no food. As a church, we can’t minister to hungry people; hence, we are addressing their physical needs,” he said.
Synod of Livingstonia Development Department monitoring and evaluation officer Bright Chihana said the relief items were distributed to 166 households at Ngerenge in Karonga and Tchalo in Rumphi.
He said apart from the donations, the institution is also implementing a project in the two districts that promotes climate smart agriculture technologies to make sure farmers harvest plenty even in times of drought.
“Some of the technologies include conservation agriculture and pit planting which retain moisture in crop fields,” he said.
Acting group village head Mwenitete said families affected by the floods are facing hunger because the raging waters washed away all of their crop fields. “The food relief items will help us avert this looming hunger. We appeal for more well-wishers to come and rescue us,” he said.