Islamic Foundation for Development (IFFD) has donated assorted relief items worth K3.1 million to flood victims in Phalombe.
Speaking on Sunday when handing over the donation to the targeted 250 families from group village head Chimombo in the district, IFFD deputy head of emergency and relief Manaf Katonga said reaching out to the underprivileged topped the organisation’s to-do-list.
“We do irrespective of one’s religious affiliation. At IFFD, we believe in a people-first attitude, something that enables us to respond to various social needs without necessarily thinking about our differences,” he said.
The items given to each beneficiary included packs of five kilogrammes (kg) of rice, three kg of sugar, blankets, toiletries and beans.
One of the beneficiaries from Mileme Primary School Camp, Eustina Gabeya, thanked IFFD for the items.
She, however, bemoaned shortage of accommodation at the camp, a move she says is a recipe for tension and disease outbreaks.
“On the other hand, our children are rarely attending classes as not all of us here come from the surrounding villages. Yes, we may have food today but we fear for the future too,” said Gabeya.
The foundation, which is also involved in education and child rights, comprise the alumni from various Islamic schools nationwide.