A local organisation called Sandi Thandiza has embarked on a project to provide medical rehabilitation therapy and learning support to 2 500 children in flood-hit areas.
The organisation got funds from Misereor of Germany to offer both relief and psychosocial therapy to children in the flood-hit districts.
Through the programme, children receive occupational, physiotherapy, speech and psychosocial therapy so that they are not haunted by the effects of the floods and that their education is not affected.
“Psychosocial therapy is our concern. This is a very big challenge in the country. When floods hit, organisations tend to focus on the provision of relief items and overlook the psychosocial effects on the children. Four days after the floods, we started providing the therapy in the flood-hit districts. We are targeting 2,500 children and we have so far reached 1500 and spent K18 million,” said Titus Mwanjabe, the organisation’s occupational therapist and medical rehabilitation technician.
He was speaking in Karonga on Wednesday when his organisation provided relief items and psychosocial therapy to 80 children from Zindi Village Traditional Authority Kyungu where floods in February this years displaced 190 houses but with no deaths.
Psychosocial therapist Blandina Khozi said Sandi Thandiza has so far reached children in Phalombe, Chikwawa, Nchalo and Salima.
She said the organisation empowers teachers and community-based child centres leaders to be able to detect children with mental difficulties and provide the relevant therapy so that their education and development are not affected.
Based in Lilongwe, the organisation is working with Mbidzi and Chinsapo primary schools where 500 pupils are receiving psychosocial therapy.
Karonga District Disaster Relief Officer Walusungu Mwafulirwa thanked Sandi Thandiza for being the only organisation so far that thought of rescuing children from the mental effects of floods in the country.
Malawi experienced the worst floods ever early this year that left about 200 people dead and hundreds displaced.
President Peter Mutharika declared 15 districts as disaster areas which prompted both local and international organisations to extend their financial and material support to the country.
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