Chakwera commit to support Red Cross to access more funding

By Patrick Ndawala:

 President Larazous Chakwera says his government is ready to ensure that Red Cross society annual budget is increased saying the humanitarian organisation need more resources to better serve vulnerable people in the country.

The president said this in Lilongwe on Monday when he inaugurated the 2021 Red Cross Flag week which will be held under the theme ‘unstoppable.

“I am committed to consider your request for additional budgetary support as well as other tools that are critical for your work. Government does need to ratify and sign what you need in order for you to be able to access more help internationally so that you can help Malawians.

Now we will do what I can to lead Malawians by example by putting the effort you make every day to make Malawi better and stronger,” he said.

Chakwera who is the patron of the organisation added that a better and stronger Malawi is in line with Malawi 2063 vision which centered at building a new Malawi that is self-reliant.

He said he feel honoured to launch ethos years flag week because effort of Red Cross is in line with the country blue print, Malawi 2063 vission which focuses at building a self-reliant Malawi.

The president who contributed K1 Million towards the noble work therefore called on all Malawians to help the society

He said he was pleased with various efforts that Red Cross are doing to respond to Covid 19 pandemic and other disasters.

“Red Cross stand tall to respond in ways that did not compromise people dignity. Am therefore please that when there was delay because of covid you did not despair our panic, instead you collaborated with your partners in a way that was in the best interest ofof all those who have a stake in your work.

He said in doing so the society has protected Malawian including 75, 000 volunteers who serves the people in hard times.

President of Malawi Red Cross Innocent Majiya asked president Chakwera to support the society drive to get more funding from its international partners.

“Due to covid 19 and the effects of climate change, there are lot of emerging issues that require more financial support to effectively support the vulnerable community. As such with your indulgency, we would like to appeal through you our platform for an increased budget allocation to Malawi Red Cross society. 

He said at the moment government is supporting yearly supporting them with  K300 million but he said it needs about  K650 Million to effective carry out its activities.

Majiya nevertheless thanked both government and national society partners for financing the activities of Malawi Red Cross.

He said World Red Cross day which is held on 8th may is cerebrated annually to honour the founder of the society adding that the day is also cerebrated to make people aware about the need to serve life.

“The cerebration highlights the work of international Red Cross and red Crescent movement so that motivate people to join the movement to serve people,” he said.

He said during the week national societies globally organised different fundraising activities as part of the commemoration.

He further said although people have been affected by covid 19 pandemic and disaster but there is still hope because wherever there is a crisis there is a Red Cross volunteers who are ready to support vulnerable people.

“The commitment and compassion of these volunteers have no limit. Every individual kindness and support matters no matter how big or small it may be.  As a world humanitarian network, we know this collective local action has a massive global impact, he said.

He said Red Cross has so much to cerebrate citing as an example that the report by national Red Cross and Red Crescent society inwhich one out of 12 people are being supported with health and hygiene promotional activities.

He thanked the 75 000 Red Cross volunteers who are across the country for giving their time and commitment to serve less privileged people in their communities.

“The volunteers and staff have braved the risk of contracting Covid 19 by being with the communities since the pandemic emerged,” he said.

He said the society is currently supporting vulnerable communities that were affected by strong wind from last months in Lilongwe Mulanje Chikwawa and Mangochi districts.

 He said in line with Malawi 2063 first 10-year implementation plan his organisation has focused on strategic issues under disaster risk management, health and nutrition pillars.

He added that the interventions aim at building community resilience by, among others scaling up health and hygiene promotion and train more people in first aid.

During this year’s flag week, Red Cross is expected to raise K100 million through contribution from general public.

T by assur said government will whatever it take to ensure that the annual budget is increased

says government is very much ready to support Red Cross Society to get increased funding

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