World Relief Bails Out Disaster Victims

Some beneficiaries pose with the farm inputs at Kapopo Mndhlanga Some beneficiaries pose with the farm inputs at Kapopo Mndhlanga

As a response to disasters that hit parts of Mzimba district, World Relief on Thursday distributed farm inputs to communities who had their houses and gardens damaged by heavy rains accompanied by strong winds in February this year.

World Relief distributed bags of fertilizer, maize seeds, vegetable seeds, hoes, and panga knives to households who had houses, gardens of crops like soya and maize damaged by heavy rains and strong winds in the areas of Inkosi Mzikubola, Mmbelwa and Khonsolo.

World Relief Mzimba district Coordinator Alinafe Chithonje said they want the affected households to venture into winter cropping as a mitigation measure against the disasters which compromised their lives while building their resilience against future shocks which may affect them.

"After receiving reports of the disasters we first gave them food stuffs but then we realized that food stuffs only were not enough hence we had to come back and give them these farm inputs so that they can use them for winter cropping and recover from the challenges," said Chithonje.

Chithonje said others will be given three goats per household as one way of easing their way of life after the disaster.

Mmbelwa district council Relief and Rehabilitation officer Faith Longwe commended World Relief for the timely response and urged the beneficiaries to not sell the inputs but use them for the intended purpose to recover from the disaster.

She said "We are happy that World Relief responded to our call to help these people in the recovery process and we urge them not to sell the inputs but use them in a way that they supplement the little food that they were left with after the disasters."

Longwe called on the beneficiaries to ensure that they have houses that can withstand future disasters.

One widow who had her house damaged, property destroyed Esther Ndhlozi from Elija Ndhlozi village a widow, commended World Relief for the gesture saying she will now grow maize and vegetables in her garden.

"My house was badly damaged all cooking utensils, maize flour and clothing were damaged so I am happy that I have received the inputs which I will now use to grow maize and some vegetables in my garden," said Ndhlozi.

World Relief has also distributed the inputs in Dedza, Machinga and Mangochi.

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