The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited on 18th April 2019 donated lights to displaced victims of flash floods at Chikuse Camp in Nchalo, Chikwawa District. The over K6 million donation includes provision of power supply to the whole camp, portable rechargeable lights, a kiosk for charging phones and lamps.
Speaking when making the donation, ESCOM’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Allexon Chiwaya, referred to the flood victims as ESCOM’s customers and recognised the significant role the community plays in advancing ESCOM’s work.
“You are all our customers. You are also valuable partners and owners of ESCOM. Most of our infrastructure is in your communities and you are the ones who alert us whenever an electric pole or a line falls down. We were moved to help to make your life, in the temporary camp, a bit bearable, Chiwaya said.
Receiving the donation, Paramount Chief Lundu thanked ESCOM and said that the light would ensure security in the camp, especially at night. He also warned the people on the dangers of misusing electricity and encouraged them to take heed of safety instructions that were given by ESCOM.
James Biston, a man who operates the kiosk for charging phones said the kiosk is beneficial to the community.
“We were having difficulties with charging our phones. We had to walk long distances and pay fees. We are now able to charge our phones free of charge,” Biston said.
Following the occurrence of the flash floods, people in some disaster districts, including Chikwawa were displaced from their settlements and made to live in camps.
Chikuse camp alone has 6,526 people.
James Biston operating the kiosk for charging phones donated by ESCOM at Chikuse camp in Nchalo.