The Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organisation (ADDRO), a non-profit organization of the Anglican Church has appealed to citizens to preserve and protect the environment in order to avert flooding in the country.
The Upper East Region and for that matter other regions records perennial floods almost every year due to torrential rains.
But as a remedy to curb it, ADDRO is advocating for attitudinal change in managing the environment by way of planting trees to avert climate change infestation.
Executive Director of ADDRO for the Upper East Region, Emmanuel Tia Nabila made this clarion call when the organization with funding support from the Episcopal Relief and Development donated some relief items to 213 flood victims in Chuchuliga sub-district of the Builsa North District.
“The flooding and the drought we are seeing are manifestations of variation in our climate. Some of the climate variability we are experiencing now are caused by our activities as human beings. We are destroying the vegetation, we are polluting the water bodies and we are not disposing our rubbish very well. Let us begin to plant trees, let us begin to protect the environment”.
The items were bags of maize, bags of rice, key soap, bathing soap, bags of gari and second hand cloth.
Mr. Nabila who appealed to the beneficiaries to use the items for the benefit indicated that the selection of Chuchuliga Sub-district is in line with a program his outfit is implementing in the area.
“It is because we are implementing a project which is the early childhood development project. It is also an expansion of a program we have been implementing over the years known as Integrated Community Case Management for malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. Our target is to help vulnerable group of the society to get a better living and to develop to become responsible in society” he stated.
The Angelican Bishop of Tamale, Right Reverend Dennis Tong who was part of the team prayed for the items and the flood victims.
Upper East Regional Operations Director of National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), David Mbah who received the items on behalf of the victims thanked ADDRO for extending its support to the victims.
Mr. Mbah entreated the victims to consider putting up reliant housing that can withstand floods when it occurs. Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to A1 Radio thanked ADDRO for the support