Traditional Authority (T/A) Kunthembwe of Blantyre has saluted Blantyre CCAP Synod’s Health and Development Commission for transforming lives of rural people.
Speaking during an interfaith meeting held at his court in Chileka recently, Kunthembwe said since the launch of the commission’s projects in the area, lives of people in the area have been transformed.
“The commission has various projects ranging from food security, rural livelihood, HIV and Aids, and village savings loans that empower communities economically.
“Through various programmes, we are able to replant trees in hills and the trees that had been excessively cut down have been replaced,” he said.
The commission’s programme manager, Sellina Chimungu, appealed to communities to plant more trees to mitigate effects of climate change.
“The three-year improving food security and climate change resilience project with the main goal to increase resilience capacity to the impacts of climate variability and change for poor women and men by 2015.
“We are partnering Oxfam in implementing the Improving Food Security and Climate Resilience project in Balaka and Blantyre rural in T/A Kunthembwe’s area,” said Chimungu.
He said some programmes being carried in the area included goats pass-on, borehole drilling, metal silos where maize is kept for lean periods, tree planting, fish ponds. The projects benefit over 8 000 people in Balaka and Blantyre.