The European Union (EU) has expressed satisfaction over recovery progress made by Cyclone Idai victims in the Shire Valley.
EU global surge expert responsible for the union’s civil protection and humanitarian aid agency Jerome Burlot made the sentiments on Friday in Nsanje.
“We are satisfied with how EU taxpayers’ money has been used here. The communities feel more empowered to become resilient to climate change shocks,” he said.
Group village head (GVH) Mbangu thanked the EU for the gesture.
“The interventions were timely and enabled us to know how to ‘fish’ on our own through the extension workers that were deployed [here],” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Dorica Kaswadi said she will now be able to support her family.
“I have six children that I look after. Thanks to the recovery programme, I will harvest enough for the family,” she said.
The project distributed farm inputs, including fertiliser, seed and treadle pumps to help survivors recover from their loss.
A tour to the villages revealed that most households are likely to register bumper harvests from the winter cropping the project is promoting.
Apart from the recovery interventions, the households were also getting a monthly stipend of about K20 000 in cash to support their resettlement plans. The K430 million food assistance and livelihood recovery project is being funded by EU through Danish Church Aid and is being implemented by Churches Action in Relief and Development.