Look beyond Relief; Partners Urged
Partners responding to disasters the country has been experiencing have been challenged to look beyond providing relief assistance to the affected communities as some infrastructures damaged by the recent disasters in Zomba remain unchecked.
Zomba Lions Club President lion, Esmie Kadzamira, says the partners should also consider supporting in the rehabilitation of infrastructures such as bridges and school blocks apart from providing relief food and other materials to survivors.
“I think most of the times when there are natural disasters the tendency is just to provide relief items then later we pull out and leave the government to do the rest but you might appreciate that when disaster comes the needs are enormous,” said Kadzamira.
Meanwhile Zomba Lions club has spent 7.1 million kwacha in the rehabilitation of two classroom blocks at Mlumbe Primary School in the area of senior chief Mlumbe in the district which were damaged by cyclone Idai last year.
“As a club we received financial support from Lions Club International Foundation and we met and decided to look at schools as our response to cyclone Idai, so we chose to rehabilitate classroom blocks that got damaged at Mlumbe Primary School in Zomba Rural” added the Zomba Lions Club President.
However the Lions club President has advised communities living in disaster prone areas to be in charge of their own safety by among others moving out of the risky places to safer areas and plant more trees.
Zomba District Education Manager, Charles Sakwata, has since commended Zomba Lions Club for rehabilitating the classroom blocks, saying this will ease challenges such as congestion in classrooms which the school just like many other schools is facing.