Save the Children Mobilizes Resources for Cyclone Freddy Response
Save the Children has disclosed that it is mobilizing resources totaling $1.8 million towards to support survivors of Cyclone Freddy which has devastated southern part of Malawi.
Some of these resources are already being distributed to the people, according to Thoko Bema, the organization’s senior operations manager for the southern and eastern regions.
“We are going to support a number of areas including health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education and also protection. For health and nutrition, we are working with the ministry of health to support any interventions that can reach to the people that are affected trough mobile clinics.
“For WASH, we are providing safe water through provision of products such as chlorine that can be used to purify the water. For protection, we are looking at children that are in the camp, making sure that they are protected from any sort of harm be it psychosocial or sexual through provision of safe spaces.
“In education, we would also to work with the government to make sure that when the children are in the camps, there is provision for them to continue learning,” he said.
Bema said they were dismayed upon learning about the devastation that the disaster has caused on the people, saying they are responding to President Lazarus Chakwera’s declaration of the state of national disaster.
He said this in Blantyre on Thursday when the humanitarian organization presented medical items to the Blantyre District Health Office towards the cause.
The Office’s administrator, Chekimilia Saidi, commended the organization for the donation, saying they will go a long way in supporting the survivors in the camps.
“We will use the items such as the buckets to store water and chlorine to treat the water to be safe for drinking. As you know, we do not have tap water in the district,” he said.