Rebuilding lives: Othakarhaka, IDI Collaborate to Aid Cyclone Freedy Survivor

By Grecium Gama

The International Development Institute (IDI), in collaboration with the Mulanje-based charity organization Othakarhaka, has constructed a house for an elderly victim of Cyclone Freedy from Traditional Authority(T/A) Nkanda in the district.

Speaking during the house handover ceremony, Ida Mwango, the Executive Director of Othakarhaka, expressed gratitude for the support received from volunteers and IDI in mobilizing funds for the house construction.

She emphasized the urgency of the situation.

“Given the dilapidated state of the elder woman’s previous residence, especially during the rainy season, immediate action was essential,”she explained.

Mwango appealed to well-wishers to extend their helping hand to other Cyclone Freedy victims in the district who are currently have no shelter and food.

87-year-old Gogo Enifer, the beneficiary of the new house, shared her gratitude, expressing disbelief that she would now have a secure home during the rainy season.

Enifer explained that her original house had collapsed in March, and she lacked the financial means to rebuild it.

Additionally,she appealed for assistance with food, mentioning her current reliance on boiling mangoes as a daily sustenance.

“I am immensely thankful to the Othakarhaka Foundation for recognizing my predicament and mobilizing funds to construct my new house,” she said.

In addition to the housing initiative, the International Development Institute (IDI) also contributed by donating a 3-tonner lorry to the Othakarhaka Foundation.