ECHO Reaches Out to Ana Survivors
Oxfam and Plan Malawi have extended humanitarian intervention to survivors of Tropical Storm Ana which rendered many people destitute in a number of districts in the country.
Tapiwa Jamu, Oxfam’s disaster risk reduction and resilience programme officer, says with support from the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), they have supported the people with cash and nonfood items.
“Following the effects of Tropical Storm Ana which have affected a number of districts in Malawi, we are targeting Phalombe, Chikwawa and Nsanje districts with immediate assistance.
“We have distributed cash to 553 households in Phalombe as well as nonfood items comprising buckets and soap.
“The response is an emergency so we had an emergency funds under a project which we are implementing with funding from ECHO to quickly target households that are affected,” she said.
Jamu says their aim is to see the survivors meeting “lifesaving basic needs. We are also mobilizing resources from our donors to help these people recover and build their resilience.
“Our assessment has informed us that people are in dire need of food, utensils and sanitary facilities.”
Teresa Mariko, a beneficiary from Malambo village in Phalombe district, says “the money we have received today will see us through for some days.
“We did not expect that you would come to our rescue. Look at us; we were left with nothing. Food is gone. Clothes are gone. Wares are gone.
“If you ask me what I will buy with this money, I will only answer you that I will buy what this money will manage to buy because the needs are just enormous. But I will start with food.”