Gift of the Givers Foundation on Monday donated relief items worth K1.5 million to victims of a tropical storm that hit Mwanza District on January 8.
Speaking after presenting assorted items that included flour, rice, blankets, plastic sheets and packets of surf, Gift of the Givers programme officer, Ishmael Grant, said the charity felt duty-bound to bail out the victims after getting reports that the tropical storm had affected up to 300 people.
“After receiving reports that the tropical storm had destroyed houses and injured people, we decided to help out because we know that charity organisations have a role to play in alleviating suffering. We have handed out blankets to the elderly, provided plastic sheeting to those whose roofs were blown away and soap,” said Grant.
Grant said Gift of the Givers is committed to complementing government’s efforts in alleviating people’s suffering, adding that the charity responded quickly to calls for assistance to enable the affected people tend to their crops.
Mwanza Central Constituency Member of Parliament, Davis Katsonga, thanked Gift of the Givers for the “timely intervention”, but said the victims still needed additional relief items.
“Some of the 300 affected victims are still living in tents and the food may not take them long. As I am speaking, some of the victims have nothing in their gardens because their maize is wilting,” said Katsonga.
One of the victims, Margaret Galeta, said she was grateful for Gift of the Givers’ gesture, but appealed to well-wishers to offer the victims long-term solutions.
“What we want are interventions that may take us to next year. For example, we may appreciate it if the government and non-governmental organisations offered us maize seed to replant, or cassava tubers for us to be food secure,” said Galeta.
The tropical storm that hit the district on January 8 affected Ngaleka Village in the area of Inkosi Kanduku in the district.
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