Lilongwe: Malawi Polytechnic students are contributing funds to assist their fellow student who is financially challenged to cover her accommodation expenses and upkeep allowance.
Currently, the amount of money required is K50, 000 but the students had raised only K10, 000 at the time of compiling this report. The figure, however, was expected to reach K30, 000 to assist the student identified as Deborah Matchowa.
According to one of the students who have contributed to the fund, Priscilla Kumbambe, the students decided to assist because they want her to proceed and succeed with her education.
We never know what fate we might have tomorrow; we can’t have everything all the time. We have to help others so that they may also help us when we are in need. We believe that the Lord blesses the hand that giveth, she said.
Speaking with Malawi News Agency (Mana), the 18 year old first year student said she was safe with tuition fees but the main challenge is lack of funds to cover her accommodation and other requirements.
The loans board paid my tuition fee but I have a balance of K50, 000 to pay and I lack money to use for accommodation, food and transport.
Currently, I stay in Bangwe and sometimes I miss classes since the area is far from school, said Matchowa.
She further thanked the Polytechnic students and everyone who had contributed to her fees so that she covers her accommodation and other necessities.
Meanwhile, a Polytechnic alumnus, Mary Mnewa has also offered her contribution for accommodation, transport and food for the girl.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA