A UK-based international development charity, All We Can, has donated 10 houses worth K167 million to vulnerable families in Nsanje District.
The houses, which have been donated in partnership with Churches Action in Relief and Development (Card) and Foundation for Active Civic Education (Face), were handed over to five families each in traditional authorities Mbenje and Ndameraunder the Build Back Better initiative in the wake of the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai which hit the country in 2019.
Speaking during a press briefing in Blantyre, All We Can country partnership manager David Kalete said the charity and its partners focused on building resilient homes that can withstand disasters.
He said: “The local people were instrumental in identifying the rightful community members to live in the homes and securing actual building sites.
“The building contractors were also encouraged to use local masons so that we should leave behind necessary skills for the future.”
Card executive director Melton Luhanga said the houses have adequate room that can accomodate a Malawian family.
Department of Disaster Management Affairs director of response and recovery, Moses Chimphepo, said government has developed guidelines for people to follow when constructing houses to ensure that the houses are of good standard.