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LLZEC donates assorted items to flood victims in Lilongwe

Written by  Daniel Namwini
Dzekedzeke (Right) on centre Pastor Malinda hand over some items to one of the victim in Kawale. Pic by Daniel Namwini. Dzekedzeke (Right) on centre Pastor Malinda hand over some items to one of the victim in Kawale. Pic by Daniel Namwini.

Lilongwe, January 10: Lilongwe Zambezi Evangelical Church (LLZEC) Wednesday donated different relief items worth more than K 200, 000 to four victims whose houses were damaged due to continuous rains experienced on December 16, 2017.

Floods hit and swept the area which is closer to the river banks where six people were killed, houses destroyed and properties damaged in the process areas included Kawale, Mchesi, Chipasula, Kaliyeka, Areas 22 and 24.

Among the items donated were sugar, cooking oil, one 50 kilogrammes bag of maize each, plastic papers, laundry soap and Kitchen utensils.

Church Resident Pastor, Gerald Malinda told Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Lilongwe that the church has come up to support affected households.

“It is one of our social responsibility as one of the Christian church in the country to help those who are affected to emulating Jesus Christ compassion for the underprivileged by providing for the needy,” he explained.

Malinda said the items received would facilitate the victim’s return to their homes and start new life once again since they would be able to construct temporary homes on their own.

“Christianity is a caring way of faith. Apart from meeting the spiritual needs of the people it is our duty to meet the physical needs of them,” the pastor viewed.

Among the beneficiaries were Titus family of Kawale, Mangani family of Biwi, M’bweza family of Kawale and Chithambo family of Kaliyeka.

LLZEC Disaster Chairperson, Preparedness and Response Department, Elder Benjamin Dzekedzeke said four families came direct to the church and expressed how they were affected.

“Those resources are minimal as the floods came by surprise. We wish we could reach every affected member,” he noted.

The recipient families thanked the church for the donation they received.

“We lost many things in our houses but now with these donations will help to solve some of challenges that we had like lack of food and kitchen utensil,” they said.    

Similar floods are said to have occurred in the same area in 2012 but the magnitude of the damage was minimal as compared to this one.

Officials from various organizations such Malawi Red Cross Society, Lilongwe City Council and Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) have assisted the affected 202 households.