After a decade of developmental starvation for political reasons, Malembo people, where the current Malawi president His Excellency Dr. Lazarus Chakwera comes from, have all the reasons to start enjoying developmental projects with the coming in of RHEMA Institute Of Development, a non governmental organisation focussing on Livelihoods & Economic Empowerment, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Education and Gender Equality
The institution launched its project Tuesday morning at Malembo TDC in Traditional Authority Khongoni where it also distributed maize and bean seeds as well as vegetable seeds to over 250 families to start irrigation farming as part of it’s programs.
Speaking at this function, Agriculture Crop Officer for Lilongwe Agriculture office Joseph Mtengeza commended the gusture taken by RHEMA saying this will in short term help people from Malembo to overcome some food insecurity problem they are sailing in currently following poor rains the area received in 2019-2020 farming season which led to poor harvest by many households.
He further urged the farmers who received the seeds to not sell them but rather go into their fields and plant those seeds to bail themselves out of hunger and help in achieving the goals of RHEMA and he also promised to work hand in hand with the farmers in providing extension services for proper agriculture farming.
Senior Group Village headman Malembo in expressing his gratitudes for the launch of RHEMA project in his area applauded RHEMA institute for considering people from his area and pledged to provide an oversight supervision on this project for him to see his people enjoying economic and social independence.
“I will make sure that all the people who have received seeds today go and start irrigation farming forthwith so that the positive results we may gain from this project bring up other good projects since organisation like working with hardworking people”, Senior Group Village headman Malembo added.
Executive Director for RHEMA Institute for Development Innocent Semu highlighted that their coming in Malembo area has nothing to do with politics since their organisation is a non profit making organisation which is aimed at reaching to vulnerable and unstable economic families to help them achieve economical independence.
“Once farmers manage to have adequate food in their homes, chickens, goats and clean water through provision of boreholes, these people will be independent and can not bother waiting for politicians to change their homes to better and this will surely help in developing this nation”, Semu narrated.
Semu added that for the mean time, they decided to give farmers seeds for irrigation farming for free as part of building trust in the people around Malembo that development oriented organisation to flourish needs sacrifice and urged them to circumvent the same sacrifice by going to their fields and do irrigation farming to improve their homes.
He also said that very soon, their organisation will start giving domestic birds and animals to enhance animal production that will help families to have readily available things that can solve their financial problems in their respective home.
“Our organisation will also drill some boreholes on selected areas in order to let the people from our catchment area have clean water”, the Executive Director Innocent Semu said.
RHEMA is a non governmental organisation established in 2005 with an emphasis of working to serve the poor, vulnerable and marginalised communities internationally and here in Malawi it is currently working in Dowa and Lilongwe districts.