The Malawi Diaspora Network-USA in Partnership with Beyond Our Hearts Foundation Malawi has today donated assorted relief items to Cyclone Freddy survivors in Machinga district.
Esther Jailos Jolobala, a member of Parliament for Machinga East thanked Malawi Diaspora network USA and Beyond Our Hearts Foundation Malawi for helping the Cyclone survivors in her area.
She added that " six thousand people were displaced in my constituency and are in camps, this is due to the two lakes of Chilwa and Chiuta which still have their water levels high.
She then disclosed that the support which the government is rendering is not enough and pleaded for continuous monitoring by government and partners in a bid to help rebuild.
The parliamentarian is also appealing to government for a resettlement plan and support survivors with basic necessities such as food, housing and
support farmers with cassava, sweet potato cuttings and livestock.
Cyclone Freddy affected people in the district are currently unable to support their wards at primary, secondary, college, university levels.
This, according to Jolobala is leaving some students helpless hence an appeal for well wishers to come out and help in her constituency.
Taking his turn, Area Development Committee chairperson for Kawinga Simeon Tumaina and Area Civil Protection Committee chairperson Dickson Witness shared the same sentiments that Cyclone Freddy survivors in Machinga East need more support from different partners.
One of the beneficiary who is physically challenged also in camp, Ndege Popinecha from Ponderani Village in Group Village Head Likhonyowa thanked the two organizations for responding to their needs.
Three hundred beneficiaries received assorted items which include blankets, chitetezo mbaula, maize flour, Soya flour, plastic sheets, spoons, buckets, plates among others and were drawn from Namkuyu, Nansoto, Likhonyowa, Makala and Agriculture camps in T/A Mchinguza.
Speaking on behalf of Beyond Our Hearts Foundation, its executive director Russell Msiska and Tonny Chirwa public relations officer for MDN -USA say that " this is part of the on going initiative which we are undertaking to alleviate the misery of our brothers and sisters who were affected by the cyclone".
They continued to say that " We have been to Neno and now in Machinga. We have several districts to reach out in this collaborated initiative".
MDN - USA comprises of several organisations of Malawians based in the United States of America under the umbrella of Malawi Diaspora Network -USA .