Heritage Association donates to disaster victims in Mzimba

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The Mzimba Heritage Association (MZIHA) has donated assorted items to victims of disasters that hit six villages surrounding Edingeni Trading Centre under Group Village Headman Timothy Jere in the area of Inkosi Ya Makosi M’mbelwa V in Mzimba between December and February this year.

According to figures from the Village Civil Protection Committee, the disasters which are floods and hailstorms rendered destitute 389 households in the six villages through destroying houses and crops in their fields.

They left these 389 households in need of relief items to recover from the shocks of losing their properties but despite being in this need, months have passed without receiving any assistance from both the government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) leaving them struggling in their recovery process.

This prompted the association to intervene and through individual contributions from members of the association, they managed to raise funds amounting to MK300 000 which have been used to purchase assorted items which include maize, sugar, soap and salt.

Speaking during the donation, MZIHA Vice Secretary Kingsley Jere said they thought it wise to jump in and help victims of these disasters with the little they have as a way of helping them recover and also as a way of blowing the whistle to other well-wishers and the government to come in.

“MZIHA is an organisation which is in Mzimba, and being an organisation that is in Mzimba we felt it is important to jump in and help our friends in Edingeni in the six villages were affected with the floods and hailstorms,” Jere said.

He said they targeted about 95 people with their donation but looking at the number of people that are affected he will report back to the association’s secretariat for them to consider coming up with another donation as there are many people remaining that have not been assisted.

Receiving the donation, Chairperson of the Village Civil Protection Committee Gerald Mphande thanked MZIHA for the donation which he said will go along a way in lessening the burdens victims are currently facing.

“We are very grateful for this donation from MZIHA which will go a long way in lessening our burdens. However, there is still need for more assistance as such I am appealing to other well-wishers to emulate what MZIHA has done as there are many things we are lacking in our recovery process and on our own we cannot manage,” Mphande said.

The government has however not responded to calls for assistance by flood victims in the district since the disaster hit about two months ago.

Masautso Phiri, from the Department of Climate Change and Metrological Services who represented the District Civil Protection Committee said they already submitted names of the victims to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) and they are sure that very soon relief items will arrive.

 

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