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Community Integrated Intervention Project—Relief Distribution Exercise

It was early Christmas for the vulnerable people of Chapananga in Chikwawa district as the Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi in partnership the Anglican Council In Malawi (ACM) with funding from United Society distributed relief items to hanger affected 100 households of 3 villages namely; Mindanti, (35 households) Bzakulima (31 households) and Chigwata (34 households). The relief distribution targeted vulnerable households with challenges such as poverty, sickness, underprivileged, elderly etc.
The distributed items included 2 litres of cooking oil, two 4 KG packs of maize seeds, 1 pack of salt  one 1kg pack of beans and
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 one 50 KGs bag of Maize  per each household. 
According to Fr. Willard Kamandani, who is also the Diocesan Chairperson for relief and disaster management task force, the
 distribution was only the beginning and that Next phase of distribution is to be done in January and February 2016
Also present during the distribution exercise was Canon Mwawa, who is the ACM general secretary. According to him, the relief distribution was as compliment to the running Community Integrated Intervention   program, so as to ensure that people don’t fail to participate due to hunger.  It relief distribution exercise is specific to Chapananga due to floods that hit the area in 2015.
He further revealed to ADSM newsletter that, the timeline for the relief program will depend on circumstances. The relief exercise also came as a response to the plea made by TA Chapananga during the CII awareness campaign a week before.
The whole ACM CII project is four years. Vulnerable people were identified by Village Executive Committees, which included the TA, DC, and GVHs etc.
Speaking on behalf of all beneficiaries, Mr. Dazimata January gave Thanks to God for timely gesture by the Anglican Church. He told ADSM newsletter that the items will help sustain his life during the challenging time of famine.
He said that he has a lot of children who will also benefit from donation.
He explained to the Diocesan Newsletter that; the hunger situation is hectic in Chapananga and he believes the items will ease the situation a little. He believes he was elected because he is edged.  He attends African evangelical but he is very thankful to the Anglican Church for extending the gesture to members of other denominations. 
By Tiyanjana Banda 
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