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Well-wishers respond to Lazarus Chakwera’s appeal

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THE HAND THAT GIVETH—Mitha (left)
presents an item to a flood survivor

By Justin Mkweu, Llywellenie Mpasa & Patience Lunda:

Individuals and organisations have started responding to President Lazarus Chakwera’s call for development partners to come to the rescue of Tropical Storm Ana survivors.

Leading the list is Enlightened Christian Gathering leader Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, who has donated bags of maize, plastic packs for roofing and plastic buckets to 5,000 households in Mulanje, Phalombe, Thyolo and Chikwawa districts.

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Speaking when he presented the items in Chikwawa, Bushiri said he was responding to Chakwera’s call for support to storm survivors.

“We cannot stand on the pulpit preaching that God loves these people without showing them love in action. As such, I wanted to let them know that God loves them and that He will see them through this problem,” he said.

Mini-me Montessori is another institution that has donated food items and clothes to survivors, focusing on those that are at Belo and Thabwa evacuation camps in Chikwawa.

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Mini-mi Montessori Primary School Director Marcelo Lobo Mitha said they were responding to the government’s call for support.

“We all have a responsibility to reach out to those who are afflicted in times of calamity,” Mithi said.

In the Northern Region, Livingstonia Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has urged its faithful to reach out to these affected by natural disasters.

It said the government alone could not manage to cater for all affected people.

The call comes at a time the Department of Disaster Management Affairs has indicated that it requires K72.7 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 993,149 people affected by Tropical Storm Ana in the country.

Speaking after an evangelism rally that Katawa CCAP Church organised on Sunday, Synod of Livingstonia Moderator-elect Reuben Msowoya, who is also Katawa CCAP parish minister, said they were receiving contributions that would be used for assisting flood survivors.

“We, as a church, have agreed to contribute towards the cause and will have a committee that will be looking into such issues,” he said.

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