CADECOM Distributes Relief Items in Dedza Diocese

Written by  Prince Henderson

The Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) through its relief and development arm, Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM) recently distributed food and none food items to flood victims in Ntcheu, Dedza diocese.

Vicar General (right),Fr. Chinkanda (in black),Namak resentative (white shirt) and beneficiary (left) Vicar General (right),Fr. Chinkanda (in black),Namak resentative (white shirt) and beneficiary (left)

Speaking during the distribution exercise at Traditional Authority Kwataine's Madzanje Headquarters, Dedza Diocesan Secretary for CADECOM, Patrick Namakhoma said the distribution of the relief items follows the K1billion national flood response launch that Catholic Bishops in Malawi launched at January Parish in Thyolo.


Namakhoma said just like the Malawi nation was alarmed and grieved that thousands of people were displaced and rendered homeless, houses and crops destroyed and many more injured, Catholic Church through its leadership also saw the need to assist those affected.

Also adding his voice was the Vicar General for Dedza Diocese, Monsignor Francis Sonkhani said "In response to the flood disaster, the Bishop's Conference in Malawi set aside the 8th February as a special Sunday for the collections of relief items to support thousands of our brothers and sisters affected by the floods. Further to this, we dedicated all the collections for the AMECEA thanksgiving Mass on 31st January 2015 towards the support of the flood victims".


For his part, Fr. Henry Chinkanda who represented the acting Secretary General of ECM challenged those that received the relief items to appreciate what the church has done to them by not selling the items rather use them accordingly.


District Commissioner for Ntcheu, Harry Phiri, commended CADECOM for remembering Ntcheu with the relief items. He said despite the floods hitting the whole country, many organizations have been concentrating of few districts regarded as the most hit districts leaving aside districts like Ntcheu.


Phiri urged the Catholic Church through CADECOM to continue the kind support which is the only way of complementing government's effort in taking care of its citizenry. He challenged other organizations to emulate the king gesture as shown by CADECOM.


Elida Kumpukwe who is one of the victims to the floods as her house felt down due to heavy rains thereby rendering her and her six children homeless and they are currently sleeping in a kitchen commended CADECOM for alleviating some of the problems her family has been facing. She urged CADECOM to do the same to other equally affected households.


So far CADECOM has distributed relief items like Cooking Oil, Maize, Pulses and clothes to 600 households in the area but the exercise is on-going.

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