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Low Turnout Worries NGO Implementing Post Cyclone Freddy Resilient Campaign in CZ

Applied Development Communications and Training Services (ADCOTS) a local non-governmental organization implementing a post cyclone Freddy resilient campaign in Chiradzulu district has cited low patronage among the communities as one of the major challenges threatening the success of the initiative.

Project facilitator for the organization Asiphiwe Njako has disclosed to Zodiak that the development is likely to jeopardize chances for the organization to meet its target in the initiative.

"We had anticipated that at least not less than 300 people will be showing up for our meeting. So far only very few have been showing up and it’s really a concern for us," said Njako.

The organization hopes to reaching out to over 180 thousand cyclone Freddy with stress coping mechanism, HIV prevention particularly among the female victims as well as food security improvement. The campaign which is being sponsored by the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) is expected to run till September.

On her part, Chiradzulu district environmental health officer, Suzani Kulemeka Banda said the district health office intends to utilise other key leaders in other structures such as church leaders, traditional leaders and youth representatives in ensuring that the messages of post cyclone Freddy resilient go far.

Though most cyclone Freddy survivors were reintegrated back into their communities, most of them are struggling to make ends meet as most of them do not have adequate food and have no decent accommodation.

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