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Cyclone Freddy Response: Scottish Govt Donates £200,000 to STC

Bema (left) handing over chlorine and WASH materials to Zomba district council Bema (left) handing over chlorine and WASH materials to Zomba district council - pic courtesy of STC

The Scottish Government has provided £200, 000 through Save the Children (STC) to support Cyclone Freddy survivors in Zomba in three areas of food security, water and sanitation and nutrition.

STC says in a statement that the money will, among other things, support the people as they leave the camps and restart their lives.

“Save the Children recognizes the critical importance of long-term recovery and resilience building for children and their communities and a portion of the donated funds will enable unconditional cash transfers, which will help families to rebuild.

“The funding not only provides immediate relief for affected families, but also promises a brighter and more secure future for affected children. The generous contribution will enable Save the Children meet the needs and well-being of children and families in Cyclone-Freddy-affected areas and provide them with the necessary support for recovery and resilience,” reads the statement in part.

“The commitment and generosity of the Scottish Government is a laudable dedication to safeguarding children’s lives and future. The funding will significantly enhance Save the Children’s ability to provide access to improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services, nutrition, healthcare, and psychosocial support.

In addition, we will intensify efforts to ensure uninterrupted access to education, protection from exploitation and abuse, and family reunification for separated children,” continues the statement.

 

The organization’s  senior operations manager for the southern and eastern regions, Thoko Bema, told Zodiak Online in an interview that over 1, 000 children in Zomba will benefit from the funds.

He added that the funding will complement government’s efforts in facilitating the relocation process of people living in evacuation camps to restart their lives.

About 1,270,000 children have been affected by the cyclone which devastated Malawi’s southern region.

President Lazarus Chakwera declared a state of disaster following the disaster.

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