By Macdonald Thom:
The government of Japan has given Malawi an emergency grant of $1.25 million to aid Cyclone Idai victims.
The donation, made on Wednesday, is the second from Japan this year and comes after Japanese International Cooperation Agency provided non-food items to floods survivors in March this year.
Japan’s Deputy Head of Mission to Malawi, Hirotsugu Ikeda, said his country stands in solidarity with the people of Malawi, adding that the $1.25 million would be channelled to beneficiaries through World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
“With this fund, WFP will address immediate food and cash-based needs whilst Unicef will support child protection and menstrual hygiene measures among the affected communities.
“My embassy sincerely hopes that both organisations effectively manage our contribution to realise early recovery of the affected population,” Ikeda said.
Unicef Acting Representative Roisin De Burca, whose organisation will get $250,000, said her organisation would strengthen the overall protective environment for children.
“We will respond to the immediate and critical sanitation and hygiene needs and provide 6,000 adolescent girls and women with reusable sanitary kits. We will also procure 200 children’s corner kits to benefit approximately 14,000 children and provide them with access to psychosocial support, socialisation, play and learning,” she said.
WFP is expected to get $1 million, which will be used for implementing the 2019 Floods Response Plan through the provision of cash-based transfer and early recovery efforts in the most affected district of Nsanje.
Cyclone Idai affected 870,000 people in the Southern Region.