Norway Pledges Support towards Disaster Risk Management

Ingrid presides over FOCESE dignity kits donation Ingrid presides over FOCESE dignity kits donation - pic by Alfred Guta

The Government of Norway has pledged more financial support to Malawi in disaster response but also alleviating future disasters.

“It is a humanitarian concern for all of us as global citizens hence the support because people in Malawi are facing the effects of climate changes in that brutal way.

“It is important for us to be there in time to help people as early as we can by assisting them with their immediate needs,” explained Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi, Ingrid Mikelson.

She spoke on Tuesday at Dolo flood survivors’ camp in the area of Traditional Authority Ngabu in Chikwawa where a local organization, Foundation for Civic Education and Social Empowerment (FOCESE) with support from Norwegian Church Aid and DanChurchAid, donated dignity kits to girls and women.

She said apart from 2 million USD pumped towards acute humanitarian assistance, “Norway has allocated an additional 6 million USD towards strengthening the agriculture sector which will help alleviate future situations.”

FOCESE Executive Director, Christie Banda, says such support is critical in fighting sexual harassment in camps where women.

“The dignity kits boost their confidence. We are working with various structures including traditional leaders and the police in fighting sexual harassment and other forms of abuse against women and girls,” explained Banda.

She added, “we are investing K70 million targeting over 3,000 women and girls in four camps in the district.”

One of the beneficiaries, Sophie Kennedy, from Mandere village has described the support as timely.

Sophie, a form four learner at Dzumila Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) told Zodiak Online, “Floods from Chidyamanga River have greatly affected me as I lost everything including scholastic materials.”

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Last modified on Friday, 31/03/2023

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