Operation Smile Malawi Donates to Freddy Survivors

The organization distributed clothes, flour, sanitary pads, and many other items The organization distributed clothes, flour, sanitary pads, and many other items - pic by Hastings Jimani

Operation Smile Malawi led by the organization’s Trustee Abdul Aziz Yasin, on Wednesday travelled to Mulanje to support Cyclone Freddy survivors with assorted relief items.

The organization distributed clothes, flour, sanitary pads, and many other items to Nansato camp that has 300 people and Namadidi camp which has 1,576 people.

“The gravity of the cyclone that has killed over 600 people and displaced thousands including those with cleft lips and cleft palate, a condition that we focus on compelled us to respond to the disaster,” said Yasin.

Chairperson for Nansato camp, Fanny Mawaya thanked Operation Smile Malawi for rescuing the camp that was on the verge of starvation as they had ran out of food the previous day.

“We have been receiving relief food and other items erratically and we say thank you for coming with these supplies,” said Mawaya.

Village head Gibson commended the good will and encouraged the organization and other well-wishers to also consider farm tools and inputs to enhance their recovery and become self-reliant.

On his part, Chairperson for Nansato camp Mathews Maulidi thanked Operation Smile for braving the harsh conditions to support the campers.

“We lack food and other basic items, most organizations avoid our camp because of bad roads,” lamented Maulidi.

From the camps, the team proceeded to Mulanje DHO where they donated assorted medical drugs that are in critical shortage due to flood related ailments and the District Medical Officer Dr. Lloyd Njikho received the donation on behalf of the hospital.

“Our health system is heavily strained with provision of health services through mobile clinics in evacuation camps and they are in need of more support in terms of medical drugs and supplies.

The last leg was at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre where the team donated medicines, torches, clothes, plastic sheets and many other items.

Operation Smile Malawi Program Manager Ibrahim Nthalika thanked St. Andrews Operation Smile Club in Blantyre for mobilizing relief items worth close to MK2, 000,000 and various people who generously contributed their personal items and money towards this course.

He said the total value of their donation was over MK 12 million.

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