How aid outfits touch lives of flood victims north of Tanzania

They do not just hand out goods; they also offer empathy, understanding, and words of encouragement. 

THURSDAY May 23, 2024

Relief organisations leaders pose for a photo during the handing over of food aid to flood affected families in northern Tanzania recently.

By Adam Ihucha

The Tranquility News Correspondent, Tanzania

Tanzania’s charity organisations have stepped up emergency food aid to reach dozens of families affected by devastating floods that led to significant damage in the villages of Monduli and Karatu districts in Arusha Region.

As part of the family day commemoration, the Partnership for Women and Development (PWD) in Tanzania and the International Collaborative Science Education and Environment (ICSEE) have successfully coordinated donation and distribution of seven metric tonnes of essential items.

The supplies include food staples, cooking oil, mattresses, and scholastic materials. The items intend to address both immediate need for sustenance and comfort and long-term necessity of restoring educational opportunities for children whose families have been displaced.

Leading this noble endeavour was the PWD’s stalwart Director, Ms Mesha Singolyo. As she stood before the weather-beaten families, the weight of her responsibility was apparent, but so was her resolve.

Her voice though soft, carried the strength of a thousand hearts. “We are here not just with supplies, but with our hearts,” she began. “Today, we bring you food and cooking oil. Tomorrow, we hope to bring back your smiles.”

The Partnership for Women and Development founder, Ms Mesha Singolyo, provides a youth with disability with food stuff as part of her mission to supply food relief to flood victims in northern Tanzania recently.

The commitment was substantial—seven metric tonnes of food and cooking oil, a lifeline for those who had nothing left.

But this was more than just an act of charity; it was a lifeline spun from the threads of community spirit and solidarity.

Dr Dorothy Gwajima, the Minister for Community Development, Gender, Women and Special Group, recently announced that it was the community’s duty to rise and aid those in need to compliment the government’s efforts.

Ms Singolyo stressed: “As part of heeding Dr Gwajima’s call, we have decided to extend our hands and hearts to you. We saw your plight, and we are here to stand with you.”

But Ms Singolyo was not alone in this mission. A remarkable force — Flora Zelothe, the Arusha Regional Chairperson for the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Women Wing, supported her.

Ms Flora Zelothe, who doubles as the Tanzania’s ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi Women Wing Chairperson for Arusha Region, distributes scholastic materials to dozens of pupils whose families were affected by floods in Monduli and Karatu districts in Arusha region recently.

Ms Zelothe’s presence brought a further ray of hope. Not only did she donate mattresses, softening the hard ground for those who had lost their homes, but she also ensured the most vulnerable and abandoned families were sheltered.

Ms Zelothe personally paid for a year’s rent, a gesture that instantly uplifted spirits and provided a semblance of security amid the chaos.

As Mesha and Zelothe distributed the aid, they did not just hand out goods; they offered empathy, understanding, and words of encouragement.

Every packet of food and every container of cooking oil carried with it a message of solidarity.

To the families who had been abandoned by irresponsible fathers in their hour of need, these acts of kindness were more than mere gestures—they were lifelines thrown to those drowning in despair.

Today, we bring you food and cooking oil. Tomorrow, we hope to bring back your smiles,” Ms Mesha Singolyo, the Partnership for Women and Development Director.

One of the recipients, Ms Matlida Jairos, a mother of five, her eyes wet with tears, clasped Ms Zelothe’s hands.

“You’ve given my children a chance to eat again, to feel safe. You’ve given me hope,” she whispered, as her voice cracked.

“The flood’s wreckage tried to shatter the very fabric of these communities, but it could not break the spirit of unity and compassion,” Ms Zelothe said. By the end of their mission, hope had begun to sprout in the hearts of the flood victims.

Ms Singolyo and Ms Zelothe had planted seeds of resilience as they left, their words echoed in the hearts of those they aided.

“In every flood, in every storm, remember there are people who care, communities that will rise, and a future that still holds promise,” Ms Mesha explained.

Beneficiaries turned out in numbers to receive food relief from the samaritan organisations touched by their plight.

In the days, weeks, and months to come, Monduli and Karatu will rebuild not just with bricks and mortar, but also with the enduring bonds of human compassion, she stressed.

And as they did, the story of Ms Mesha and Ms Zelothe, and their coalition would be told—a testament to the power of partnership and the unyielding spirit of humanityΩ

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