By Jarson Malowa:
The Irish government has contributed K615 million to help local authorities respond to the challenge of floods, which have left 60 people dead in the country.
“I am delighted that, through our NGO [non-governmental organisations] partners, all of whom are working closely with district officials, our funds have provided an immediate relief to many of the affected families, while cash transfers and planting materials will support them to take advantage, wherever possible, of the short opportunity available through winter cropping,” says Irish Ambassador to Malawi, Gerry Cunningham, in a statement.
He says his government has allocated K287 million to Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, and Trocaire to provide shelter, water and sanitation, cash transfers, and support health and nutrition for women and children in the worst hit districts of Chikwawa, Nsanje and Zomba.
Cunningham adds that Ireland has provided K328 million to Save the Children to support 5,500 households in Zomba to address immediate needs through, for example, cash transfers.
Ireland has been working with the Ministry of Gender in providing a monthly social cash transfer and a lean season top-up to 22,500 families in Balaka and Ntcheu district.
Recently, the Irish government, through Save the Children, provided K316 million to 4,000 households that have benefitted from initiatives such as cash transfers and fruit farming capacity-building programmes.
“This additional K615 million builds on our ongoing annual support in agriculture and social protection to address the adverse effects of climate change and other shocks,” he says.