CARD Launches a K388 Million Social Cash Transfer in Mulanje
Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) has started disbursing cash to 2500 households in Traditional Authority Juma in Mulanje that were affected by Tropical Storm Ana in January, 2022.
The organization will apart from cash also give orange fleshed sweet potato vines to 1000 families and 750 will receive vegetable seeds.
The initiative that was launched on Thursday at Nkando is under the Tropical Storm Ana Malawi Resilience and Recovery project and is worth 504, 550 Canadian Dollars which is equivalent to K388, 115, 145.
CARD Executive Director Melton Luhanga told Zodiak Online that the impact of the 2022 Tropical Storm Ana is still there as most survivors do not have food after losing their crops during the disaster hence coming up with the social cash transfer initiative to help them buy food.
“Each family will be beginning this month be receiving K40, 000 per month, from February to April and actually this is an extension to the 2022 March and April social cash transfer where 2500 disaster affected households received K25, 000 per month,” said Luhanga.
He said it is the hope of CARD that the program will also help build resilience for the survivors and become more self-sufficient in the long term.
One of the beneficiaries Dorica Chilomo from Nkando village thanked CARD for the money which she said will help her feed her family.
“My house collapsed and I lost everything including food during the disaster and receiving K40, 000 from CARD to buy food, I say thank God,” said Chilomo
According to Luhanga, the project has been funded by Canadian FoodGrains Bank (CFGB) and Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D).