ActionAid on Tuesday donated flour to 25 community-based childcare centres (CBCCs) in Phalombe District following the destruction caused by floods in March this year.
ActionAid country executive director Assani Golowa said apart from the donation, the organisation also launched a flood recovery project for Phalombe and Nsanje districts.
“And our interventions will focus on health, food security and poverty reduction issue,” he said.
In his remarks, Phalombe District Council chairperson Fedson Thomas applauded ActionAid for the support, saying parents were failing to send their children to CBCCs due to lack of food.
“We are grateful for the assistance because it will promote children’s education here in Phalombe,” he said.
Phalombe Women Forum member Catherine Chiwaya said each CBCC will receive 13 packets of 25 kilogrammes of flour, saying about 6 000 children in two traditional authorities will benefit from the donation.
Matenje CBCC chairperson Agness Chinziri said there were dropouts and absenteeism of children in CBCCs due to lack of food.
“This is a big boost to our CBCCs because at this point of food shortage in our homes, it is not easy to send a child to CBCC,” she said.
The flour, worth K7 million and recovery project, are funded by ActionAid International based in the United Kingdom.