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Women’s Forum donates to disaster survivors

Written by  Robert Nayeja
People receive help after being displayed in this Mana file photo People receive help after being displayed in this Mana file photo

Machinga, August 3, 2019: Women’s Forum Saturday donated assorted items to 100 disaster affected families in the area of Senior Group Village Head (GVH) Mizinga under Paramount Chief Kawinga in Machinga District.

Machinga Women’s Forum Chairperson Beatrice Chisuse said the donation which includes, plates, cups and water buckets were delivered in consideration that women struggle to access such basic necessities which form part of their daily lives.

Chisuse said the Forum appreciates the challenges that people affected by disaster are still experiencing in the district.

“The affected people need a lot of support but, as for Women’s Forum, this is what we managed to put together.
“We will continue supporting the communities once funds become available. Most helpers went in camps with relief items but there are some who were not in the camp and those people need support as well,” Chisuse said.

She cited a case of a woman who has been refusing to leave the camp because her house collapsed as one of the problems women affected by disaster are facing in the district.

“A certain lady from Traditional Authority Liwonde wanted to remain in the camp because she cannot afford to mould bricks and build a house on her own.
“She does not have any kind of business and the husband is nowhere to be seen. When we approached her, she revealed that she wants to remain in the camp because she has no where to call home,” Chisuse said.

She further said the woman’s husband left for Mozambique where she is believed to have married another woman,” Chisuse said.

One of the beneficiaries, Rashida Kaindi said the items will ease challenges she has been facing since some of her utensils were destroyed during the disaster.

“I had one bucket and were using it for washing clothes as well as storing drinking water. This bucket is a big relief to me as a mother,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of the community, Senior GVH Mizinga hailed Machinga Women’s Forum for the gesture.

“People from my area did not converge at one site because we did not want to disrupt classes at the school by turning it into a camp. That does not mean that the disaster spared my area.

“My community is also experiencing a lot of challenges such as food shortage and lack of basic necessities,” he said.

Over 29, 000 people were affected by stormy weather conditions in the district.

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