The donation by the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM), under Dedza Diocese, comes as they are implementing a 3 year food security project in the district.
This is with funding from Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF).
The donation also follows dry spells which affected most crops during 2015/16 growing season where a majority of households in the impact area were affected, living them food insecure.
Speaking to Capital FM, the organization’s Income and Generating Activity Officer for its Ntcheu office disclosed that the food stuff would help to address food insecurity among benefiting households.
Mwai Lungu stated that since most maize fields are drying up, it was necessary to donate the bags of maize to vulnerable households as a way of making sure that they are food secure.
“A section of maize fields in the impact area have dried which has led to most farming households starting to harvesting crops for food in their respective homes.
“So as a way of controlling such a habit since most of the benefiting households are vulnerable, we thought of donating the food stuff, hence making them food secure,” Lungu explained.
The IGA officer added that the donated food stuffs will not be prone to abuse and will be used for its intended purposes among the benefiting households.
To a 34 year old woman of Kaudza village, the donated bag of maize comes as a relief to her and her three children since they had no food in their home.
Elizabeth Jefule, a person living with disability and using a wheelchair, could not hide her excitement stating she would make good use of the received food.
Concurring Elizabeth’s sentiments a 76 year old elderly woman from the same village assured that she would not sell off the bag of maize just for sake of having money instead of food.
Nalesi Kanyala who lives with her three children explained that the donation had come at a good time as it has spared her of going to her garden to start harvesting the crops which are not yet properly ready for food.
The SCIAF funded project which is in its second year supports 500 vulnerable households from villages that surround Group Village Headman Kaudza under Traditional Authority Njolomole in the district.
The project seeks to address food insecurity and increase benefiting household income through effective crop and livestock productivity and small scale business.