Churches Action in Relief and Development (Card), a non-governmental organisation, on Saturday gave K23 500 each and relief items to 2 000 households affected by floods in Nsanje.
Speaking in an interview at Marka Camp in Traditional Authority (T/A) Ndamera, Card executive director Melton Luhanga said the organisation gave the people money to enable them buy things they needed to supplement the relief items.
“We are giving people money courtesy of our donors, Christian Aid, to lessen people’s suffering. We hope that they can now buy food and other amenities they need for their livelihoods,” he said.
Christian Aid acting country director John Kuyeli said his organisation plans to reach out to flood victims in Nsanje, Chikwawa, Mwanza and Neno with both short and long-term interventions.
“We are procuring farm inputs, giving out money and coordinating activities of non-governmental organisations [NGOs] implementing the interventions on the ground,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Rayma Mahomed, was all smiles, saying she will buy materials to put up a temporary shelter.
The people will receive the cash for two months. They also received seeds, bags of maize flour, buckets and plastics.
Christian Aid is funding NGOs such as Card in Nsanje, Care in Mwanza and Neno and Eagles in Chikwawa, targeting 6 537 people affected by the floods.