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The Hope for the Hopeless team poses with the beneficiaries The Hope for the Hopeless team poses with the beneficiaries Image taken by Chimwemwe MANGAZI

Education Key To Poverty Reduction In Malawi

Written by  Written By Chimwemwe MANGAZI Feb 07, 2017

Philanthropists are describing education for the underprivileged as the only sure way to reducing poverty in the country.

They emphasize that those that are well to do should take a leading role to support needy children to complement government and the corporate sector’s efforts. 

Currently Malawi is rated among the poorest countries in the world.

It is in this regard that Hope for the Hopeless, a Humanitarian grouping of 15 friends, over the weekend cheered orphans at the Everlasting Life Ministries Orphan Center in Zomba district.

The group which comprises 15 friends with a humanitarian heart donated assorted items worth over MK300, 000 including pencils, pens, soap and pigeon peas.

Spokesperson of the group William Nkhono stressed that government efforts alone cannot hold up the needs of vulnerable children hence the need for the well to do to help such children.

The center takes care of more than 32 children between the ages of 7 and 15 from four villages in Zomba East constituency. 

Director of the center, James Chikopa, who is also a man of the cloth, highlighted that the ministry would like to reach out to as many vulnerable children as possible but limited resources has been the main hindrance.

He emphasized that the welfare of the children is safeguarded and puts special focus on preservation of the children’s right to education.

“Apart from being a pastor and running this ministry, I am a worker at the University of Malawi offices, I have been using my salary to help these children but the resources are always limited because the needs of the children are vast,” Chikopa added.

He explained that he too being orphaned at a tender age; he understands what such children go through in life hence his passion to make a difference with the little money he gets. 

Vice chairperson for Hope for the Hopeless, Alick Sapangwa urged the children to utilize the opportunity being offered by the center through working hard in class and being respectful to their guardians. 

Last modified on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 06:46

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