LILONGWE, Jan 24 – Following the devastating floods in Malawi over the past weeks, the international community continues to respond positively to the Government’s appeal for assistance.

Amongst the latest of such well-wishers is the Muslim community from South Africa through the Namanolo Islamic Educational Trust who have dispatched to Malawi a consignment of 120 metric tonnes comprising of five container loads of maize meal, cooking oil, sugar, biscuits and other assorted food stuffs.

The consignment is expected to arrive in Malawi through Mwanza on Monday, Jan 26.

Speaking during the official handover ceremony, Ahmed Vaid, Trustee of Namanolo Islamic Education Trust and executive member of Jamiatul Ulama South Africa in Johannesburg said the Muslim community in South Africa were saddened by the developments in Malawi and decided to assist their brethren as the Qur’an teaches them.

Vaid assured the Malawi High Commissioner of the continued support towards Malawi Government during this difficult time for most Malawians.

The consignment has cost the Muslim Community in South Africa about R1.5 million (about K60 million) and more is expected to be delivered to Malawi in the next few weeks said Vaid.

“When one part of the body is in pain, the rest of the body feels the pain. So when our Malawian brothers are going through this painful moment, we decided to intervene,” said Vaid.

“Our appeal for assistance is still ongoing in all our mosques across South Africa and we expect more money to come in”, said Vaid

Subsequent consignments of relief items will follow in the near future and will likely comprise of blankets, utensils, medicine as well as other much needed items.

The consignment was received on behalf of the Malawi Government by the Malawi High Commissioner to South Africa, Stella Ndau and Chairperson of the Malawi Floods Task Force in South Africa, Bishop Jones Singini as well as other staff members from the Malawi High Commission and the Consular General.

In her remarks, Stella Ndau expressed her gratitude on behalf of the Malawi Mission in South African as well as the Malawi Government towards the Muslim community especially to the Namanolo Islamic Educational Trust and their respective donors for the kind gesture towards the flood victims in Malawi.

She went on to assure them of her office’s full support as they endeavour to support the Malawi flood victims.

This was the first time that Namanolo Islamic Educational Trust has assisted Malawi with relief items as they have mostly focused on education and development during the past 35 years they have been operating in Malawi.

In a separate development, the Malawi Floods Task Team is appealing to well wishers resident in South Africa to contribute towards the relief efforts in Malawi by sending a text message ‘Malawi Floods’ to 36726. Each SMS is charged R5 and encourages them to send as many SMSs as possible.