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SOS to donate disaster relief items worth K165 million

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Blantyre, April 15: The SOS Children’s Village Malawi has sourced K164, 985, 900 from the Norwegian Government to enable it look after 2,000 children and their caregivers affected by the recent flood disaster.

National Director for SOS Children’s Village, Smart Namagonya disclosed this on Monday at Namilango Primary School in Blantyre during the launch of The Emergency Response Programme.

“We have secured this funding as an emergency response to support people affected with disaster as they have lost homes and crops,” said Namagonya.

Much as SOS Children’s Village works with children, Namagonya said the institution decided to also help their caretakers.

“This programme will look after 2,000 children in Malawi who have been affected by the floods. However, the disaster also spilled over to their guardians hence we will also help them out,” Namagomya said.

The programme, to run for four months, will be implemented in communities where SOS is already working in Blantyre, Mzuzu and Ngabu.

Each month, the 2,000 children and their caregivers will receive food support.

SOS Childrens Villages Malawi is a child development non-governmental organization established to build families for children in need, help them shape their own future and share development of their communities.

In Blantyre rural alone, over 18,000 households were reported to have been affected by the heavy and stormy rains, with over 12, 800 households left homeless.

SOS has already donated kitchen utensils, maize, dry fish, soya pieces and book packs for school and buckets, among others to the affected.

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