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Govt Rolls Out SCTP in Chikwawa as WFP Supports with Goats Pass-On Initiative

Sipriano (Middle) pose with council officials Sipriano (Middle) pose with council officials - pic by Christopher Sande

Authorities in Chikwawa district have indicated that they are set to disburse K5.8 billion to 39, 000 beneficiaries under the government's Social Cash Transfer Program (SCTP) in order to alleviate the suffering that citizens are facing due to effects of cyclone Freddy.

District Commissioner Nardin Kamba told journalists in Chikwawa on Wednesday that each family will receive K150, 000.

“I encourage all citizens here in Chikwawa to develop a spirit of hard work in order to transform your lives. Everybody should work, this will make our district develop fast,” said Kamba.

He added that government and development partners have put in place various interventions to enable the people recover from the effects of cyclone Freddy.

The commissioner said apart from the cash transfer resources, the World Food Program (WFP) has also started a goat-pass-on initiative where several hundreds of families will each receive five goats for them to be self-reliant.

“This is in addition to the money which people will get from the government’s social cash transfer program.

"I therefore want to thank WFP for deciding to distribute five goats to each family which will assist to improve the living standards of people,” said the District Commissioner.

The Council’ Chairperson Wyson Bushi and Traditional Authority Makhuwira echoed the DC’s sentiments saying other partners should emulate the WFP gesture.

One of the beneficiaries, a 75-year-old, Boniface Sipriano from Mpama village under Makhuwira area believes the goats will improve his family.

The interventions come when hundreds of people in Chikwawa and other districts in the southern region are gradually recovering from the effects of Cyclone Freddy.

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