An MRCS Cash distribution exercise under its Emergency Appeal program, of over MK430million targeting over 5000 families in Nsanje, Chikwawa, Phalombe and Salima, who were affected by the January Tropical Cyclone Ana has been launched at an event which took place on Tuesday at Bereu School grounds in Chikwawa.
Malawi Red Cross Society is providing the cash assistance with support from International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Danish Red Cross and its partners.
Speaking during the Launch, MRCS Director of Programs Prisca Chisala indicated the society continues to remember those that were affected, on their way to recover and rebuild their lives.
“We know that thousands of households continue to feel the aftermath of the Tropical cyclone Ana, and continue to experience challenges as a result of losing property, some lost loved ones who were their source of income, hence our cash response to ensure that you are still surviving, on top of the other items we have donated in the last 7 months”said Chisala
On his part Deputy Director of Recovery at the Department of Disaster Management Affairs – DODMA- Peter Lackson Chimangeni commended MRCS for its strategic response which continue to bail out thousands of households in all heavily affected districts.
“As DODMA, we always applaud MRCS for its timely responses to affected households, that after donating a number of shelter items and Hygiene kits to thousands of households for the past months, it continues to respond with cash, “said Chimangeni
Chimangeni added that government through DODMA we will continue working with MRCS during disasters, as one key partner.
Traditional Authority Maseya said the cash assistance will continue to bring a sigh of relief to the households.
“During that time a lot of organizations came to support us and we do appreciate, but MRCS has been outstanding as it continue to help us, making sure we recover well from that shock, thank you so much MRCS and I'm asking other organizations to emulate MRCS’s example of remembering the affected households, months after the Tropical cylone Anna occurred”
In the whole exercise MRCS is disbursing cash ranging from K40,000 to K104,000 per household to households in the four districts.