By Linda Likomwa MANA

Joyce Banda Foundation (JBF) has handed over seven houses worth K50 million to Tropical Cyclone Freddy survivors from Sub-Traditional Authority Maoni in Phalombe district.

Speaking during the handover ceremony on Thursday, JBF Executive Director Edith Akridge said the houses have been constructed through Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) with funding from Big Win.

“The resources were not enough for us to construct all the required houses in the area because our organisation is also doing similar constructions in Mangochi, Zomba and Mulanje,” she said while appealing to other well-wishers to assist the remaining affected households.

Akridge thanked the coordination between the council, the community and MRCS during identification of the land, construction of the houses and selection of beneficiaries.

Speaking earlier, Head of Disaster Management at MRCS, Patrick Phiri, thanked JBF for trusting MRCS to construct the houses in the area.

Phiri added that his organisation has also constructed 60 houses, saying that out of these, 52 have been constructed in Phalombe with funding from Big Win and Dousy Mobousi Foundation.

He said it is the interest of MRCS to see the affected households fully recover from the effects of Tropical Cyclone Freddy by having good shelter, food and other basic needs.

Phiri said his organisation will still work with the council and JBF to make sure that the area has been provided with portable water and also ensure that those disabled have been fully assisted to ease their mobility.

Phalombe District Council Vice Chairperson Simon Abraham thanked the good will ambassadors for channeling construction resources to MRCS, saying the council will continue lobbying for construction of more resilient houses.

One of the beneficiaries, Bizwick Mkwate, thanked JBF for providing him with shelter.

JBF has constructed 59 houses during Tropical Cyclone Freddy and of these, 17 have been constructed in Zomba, 15 in Mangochi, 20 in Mulanje and seven in Phalombe.

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