European Union, German Government and Government of Malawi introduced the Social Cash Transfer Programme Lean Season Response as the beating heart to keep lives of vulnerable Malawians going.
The two partners coughed in a total of K1.1 billion grant (K710 million from the EU and K398 million from the German Government) to support the poor and vulnerable households in the 2019/20 lean season.
The grant was dispersed through the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare.
Nsanje is one of the southern Malawi districts that was devastated by the cyclone sparked floods and in the district there is 61 year old man Kephas Nthobwa from Mejas Village , Tradition Authority Mbenje whom floods made his life unbearable in the blink of an eye.
His house was destroyed and lost food stuffs and crops in his field.
âIt was not easy. I have four children. I also look after three children for my sister; totaling to seven children; plus my wife, mother and myself, we are ten. To have them fed is not easy; neither it is to fetch for their school needs such as uniforms,â he said.
The district commissioner, Douglas Moffat, says about 15, 000 households in the district âare in distress this lean period.â
These are the people whose vulnerability were worsened by the cyclone effects of Idai.
âThe programme has transformed many lives here. Households are now able to use the money for agricultural production; buy food, pay for their childrenâs school fees.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, was another day for Nthobwa to receive his share from the programme. He received K64, 400 cash.
Nthobwa said the house he is going to construct will stand the floods in future.
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