CICOD Bails Out Female Headed Families in Chikwawa

Tizola distributing flour Tizola distributing flour - pic by Christopher Sande

About 502 children from female Headed families in Chikwawa stand to benefit from the 32 million kwacha development activities being spearheaded by Circle for integrated community Development, CICOD.

The project is going to run for 10 months in Ndakwera area in Chikwawa district.

CICOD Executive Director Amos Tizola told Zodiak on Wednesday afternoon that time is now for likeminded organizations to implement projects in hard to reach areas targeting to improve lives of low income and hunger stricken households.

According to Tizola, his organization is promoting village Savings and Loans, VSLs, distributing nutritious food including soya beans flour and distributing chickens targeting 502 children from female headed families in the hard to reach area of Ndakwera area.

Tizola said the multi million kwacha initiative is targeting families with school going children.

He then called on other organizations to implement their activities in remotest parts of the country so that those communities experiencing hunger and low income can transform their lives.

"This area of Group Village Head man Nsiyamphanje is very far. Such people need a lot of interventions to uplift their lives. I ask other NGOs to emulate CICOD's approach," said Tizola.

Agriculture Extension Development Coordinator for Mbewe EPA Baston Chilembwe encouraged the women to take care of the chickens and food being distributed to them as they strive to achieve self-reliance.

"To me these chickens which the women have received are vital towards achieving independent life considering that they are also doing VSLs," said Chilembwe.

A Female headed household Memory Fole from Christina village in Ndakwera area asked various organizations to establish irrigation facilities in order to end perennial hunger there.

"We commend CICOD for various interventions in our area. We also ask other NGOs to help us with modern irrigation facilities to end hunger which they face especially during lean periods," said Fole.

Apart from Ndakwera area, CICOD is also implementing projects in Ngabu, Chapananga and Ngowe.

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