Religious Group Engages Cyclone Survivors in Reforestation

Religious Group Engages Cyclone Survivors in Reforestation

Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development (JCED), an Ecology and Sustainable Development Centre of the Jesuits Southern Africa Province (SAP), has taken its tree planting campaign for the 2023-2024 season to the Cyclone Freddy survivors in Chiradzulu.

Deputy Director for the organisation Rueben Chifundo Nazombe said this at Mikolongwe in Chiradzulu when the organisation distributed tree seedlings to 59 households of Mtauchira village whose almost-entire village was swept away by floods resulting from the cyclone.

During the event, the organisation also distributed some relief items, mainly maize flour, cooking oil and beans to the March, 2022 mudslide survivors.

"We have been journeying with the people of Mtauchira village since the first day of the tragedy, mainly providing for their food requirements.

However, this period being a tree planting season, we thought we could take our tree-planting campaign to the Cyclone Freddy survivors,” said Nazombe.

He added the idea is to restore the degraded environment in the communities in a bid to assist the communities to prevent future natural disasters.

Chiradzulu District Acting Disaster Risk Management Officer Patrick Mulinga has hailed the organisation’s gesture, saying it will go a long way in assisting the cyclone survivors to be resilient.

Group Village Headman Mpulula of the area where Cyclone Freddy survivors have been relocated from Mtauchila Village has expressed happiness with how the survivors are slowly recovering from their tragedy, thanks to the support from various partners.

Meanwhile, construction of about 59 houses for the Cyclone Freddy survivors being facilitated by the Malawi Red Cross Society and spearheaded by former presidents Dr Joyce Banda and Bakili Muluzi at Mikolongwe is almost done.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 14/02/2024

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