Access to food, potable water and good hygiene for children has a strong bearing on the quality of education the children will attain to achieve their dreams and be reliable citizens of the country, Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has said.
The society’s president, Levison Changole, was speaking Saturday in Lilongwe at its offices during a Christmas Charity event the organisation hosted for about 300 vulnerable children from the district.
As Red Cross, we are providing potable drinking water by drilling boreholes and constructing ventilated improved pit latrines in many communities, primary and secondary schools with change rooms for girls.
These have increased hygiene facilities per pupil ratio, which has improved sanitation and increased turn up for learners, he said.
Malawi Red Cross also runs a feeding programme in Chikwawa, Mwanza, Salima, Ntchisi, Mangochi and Dedza, which Changole said has increased enrolment in the said districts.
He explained that the future of the Malawi Nation is dependent on today’s young generation which needs good food, potable water and good hygiene both in school and their homes for them to be motivated for school and get good quality education.
Sound education cannot be achieved if the children do not have access to food, potable water and good hygiene including having good toilets at home and in school, said the Malawi Red Cross President.
MRCS also supports needy children with payment of their school fees, provision of uniform, writing materials and shoes among other necessities.
Changole, therefore, urged the children to go and work hard when schools start in January, 2019 for them to become what they want in life and be reliable citizens of the country.
The charity organisation invited the vulnerable children to a Christmas charity event to give them the chance to celebrate the festive season in a way everybody else does, an opportunity they rarely have due to their needy status.
The children were drawn from Chinsapo, Mgona, Mtandile, Kauma, Kawale and Biwi. Others were from areas 36, 23, 24 and 49 all from Lilongwe.
The event, which was marked by songs by Masintha Chitsitsimutso Choir, dancing by the children themselves, gift presentation and luncheon, was celebrated under the theme ‘Our Children our Pride’.
Each child also received a gift in the form of a pack containing sugar, milk, salt, rice, soap and a mosquito net among other contents.
Malawi Red Cross also assists prison inmates, disaster victims and works with youth movements under pillars such as independence, unity, universality, nonpartisanship, impartiality and humanity.
A number of well wishers contributed to the Christmas charity event including Castel Malawi, Kameza Lodge, Kingstone Motors, Andrews Panel Beating, Essential Tours and Travel, Pinnacle Media and Hope for Cancer Foundation among others.
Source: MANA Online