By Isaac Salima:
At least 7,000 hunger-stricken households in Mwanza District have benefitted from Malawi Red Cross Society’s Cash Transfer Programme.
The initiative is a response to a Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee report of last year, which projected that over 3.3 million people would face hunger in the country.
Speaking when some of Malawi Red Cross Society’s international partners toured project sites to appreciate its impact, Deputy Regional Representative for Africa, Juan Daniel Reyes, urged community members to develop resilience to disasters.
“We are trying to teach communities to prepare for disasters so that their [disasters] impact can be minimised. One of the things we are doing is introducing a system where people can act before disasters strike,” Reyes said.
Malawi Red Cross Society Programmes Manager, Prisca Chijala, said they are impressed with beneficiaries’ response to the initiative.
“After we introduced the K635 million project, we have been able to reach out to at least 7,000 households with cash aid.
“We are trying to improve food and nutrition security in vulnerable populations in the district as a way of complimenting the government’s plans of providing maize to affected populations. We are pleased that the cash component [of the project] is helping the people to buy other food commodities,” Chijala said.
One of the beneficiaries, Margret Amin, thanked implementers of the initiative, saying she has been getting a monthly allocation of K18,000 since November.
The project is being implemented in traditional authorities Nthache, Kanduku and Govati.