The Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) on Wednesday phased out its social cash transfer project dubbed “Tropical Storm Ana Malawi Resilience and Recovery” in Mulanje district.
The total project cost according to CARD Programs Manager Arthur Lichenya was USD 400, 000 which was equivalent to MK 400 million and was funded by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the Presbyterian World Service and Development.
Lichenya told Zodiak Online that the project targeted 2500 households in Traditional Authority Juma who were affected by Tropical Storm Ana in January 2022.
He said each family received K40, 000 per month for three months, from February and the last cash transfers were made on Wednesday.
“In our assessment, we noted that most survivors had no food after losing their crops during the disaster hence coming up with the social cash transfer initiative to help them buy food,” said Lichenya.
He said apart from the cash transfers, some households were also given sweet potato vines to plant.
According to the CARD Programs Manager, the project was an extension of the 2022 March and April social cash transfer where 2500 disaster affected households received K25, 000 per month.
Representative of the Presbyterian World Service and Development Kristen Winters has expressed satisfaction with the implementation of the project.
“It is just unfortunate that at the time these families had started recovering from the Tropical Storm Ana, they were also hit by another disaster, the Tropical Cyclone Freddy,” said Winters.
Both Lichenya and Winters said with funds permitting, they will comeback with another response to the Cyclone Freddy.
On his part, Traditional Authority Juma said little as the cash would appear, it had an impact on the lives of the affected households.
Earlier, the two officials visited some households who benefitted from the project and Namulenga Irrigation Scheme that was damaged by the Cyclone.