CARD Starts Disbursing Cash To Cyclone Freddy Survivors in Mulanje
The Churches Action in Relief and Development (CARD) on Wednesday launched a K253.5 million cash transfer exercise under the Cyclone Freddy Response and Recovery Project in Traditional Authority Juma in Mulanje district.
CARD Programs Manager Arthur Lichenya told Zodiak Online that the project is targeting 2500 families that were affected by Cyclone in March this year.
He said each household will receive K50, 700.00 per month for two months (September and October).
“Again, this coming month we will give the same families vouchers of K75, 000 each and each voucher will have five kilograms of maize seeds, ten kilograms of NPK and 10 kilograms of Urea fertilizers to make Mbeya fertilizer and use it during the next rain fed farming season,” said Lichenya.
He said the beneficiaries will be trained on the process of making this Mbeya fertilizer.
“With good weather, we expect that these farmers will have enough yields next year,” said Lichenya.
Gender Officer at the District Agricultural Development Office in Mulanje Michael Phiri advised the beneficiaries to use the money for intended purpose which is buying food.
“Of course I do not have the statistics with me here but hundreds of households in the district are food insecure and are currently relying on relief food and cash being distributed by government through DODMA and other organizations,” said Phiri.
61 year old woman Alinafe Gostino from George village thanked CARD for the support.
The Cyclone Freddy Response and Recovery Project has been funded by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank through Presbyterian World Services and Development and the total support according to Lichenya is K538 million.