Following rains that wrecked houses in Mzuzu and Karonga, leading mobile telecommunications provider Airtel Malawi has donated relief items worth K5 million to the victims.
Speaking during the donation in Mzuzu on Monday, Airtel’s corporate social responsibility manager Norah Chavula said the company had been equally devastated by the occurrence of floods that have rendered many people homeless and destitute in Mzuzu and Karonga recently.
“We are therefore making this donation today to further underline our solidarity with the people of Malawi, government and other stakeholders in this time of need. We are here to cushion the loss that those victimised by this calamity have incurred,” she said. Chavula then appealed for more support from other stakeholders.
The leading mobile telecommunications brand also announced that they have reinstated their ‘Ndife Amodzi’ fundraising campaign which was initially implemented during last year’s flood disaster.
The campaign allows prepaid subscribers on the Airtel network to assist those affected by natural disasters in the country by sending an SMS to the code 140 with each SMS costing k100.
Airtel then remits the funds to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs and Red Cross Society of Malawi to aide with disaster relief efforts.
The MK5m donation from Airtel has among other things catered for 300 bags of flour, 300 blankets, bales of Soya pieces and sugar, 300 bottles of cooking oil, chlorine, plastic buckets, plastic plates and cups.
Heavy rains caused havoc in Mzuzu and Karonga recently with immense flooding rendering many people homeless and destitute.