Construction of model houses by Malawi Red Cross Society hit by delays

A general view of water flooding the streets of a township is seen on January 12, 2015 on the outskirts of Malawian capitol, Blantyre.Malawian President Peter Mutharika said Wednesday floods which have hit half of the country's 28 districts had killed 48 people, and appealed for international assistance. Nearly 70,000 people are now without homes, the country's president announced as he appealed for international assistance. AFP PHOTO/BONEX JULIUS

The Malawi Red Cross Society has said that they are yet to complete construction works on some of the model houses which they showcased in August, 2015 in Chikwawa district that were meant for the people who were moved to safer places during the January 2015 floods.

Felix Washon, the organization’s Communications Manager said that since November 2015, they have not been getting funds from the donor who made the commitment to be supportive in the construction of such model houses. He said the International Federation of  the Red  Cross and Red Crescent had pledged to support in the construction of the model houses but along the line the donors stopped remitting the funds.

This he says has grossly hampered their operations. “When we were at recovery stage, with our donor International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, we agreed to construct model houses which are resilient to flooding. The donor made an appeal to international community for their support and countries made pledges. He added that as a result of this delay, the prospected beneficiaries of this project continue to suffer as most of them live in make-shift houses after they were displaced by the floods

He added that since November of 2015, the organization has not received another funding for the project and further said that the donor has promised them of funding as soon as possible so that the project can be completed. He said that the shortfall in funding has not only affected Nsanje district but all the four districts that were hit by massive flooding. Due to funding hit falls, some contractors had not yet paid

He expresses he organization’s worries as their operations are now stalled due to lack of funds
He is however optimistic that the houses will be completed in time as their donor has promised to provide them with funds in no time.

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