A local Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) working in Dowa, Zoe Ministry, is seeking to break the circle of poverty through vocational skills.
The organisation is targeting orphans and vulnerable children orphan hood to permanently transform their lives.
Speaking in an interview Tuesday, the organization’s country director, Mercy Chikhosi, said Zoe Ministry has an empowerment programme that places orphans and vulnerable children from age 14 to 20 in different vocational skills.
She said some of her organization’s main focusing areas include food security through providing seeds, fertilizers to orphans and vulnerable children, and organising small business trainings.
They also provide homes and sponsor education for orphans and vulnerable children in primary and secondary schools.
Chikhosi said since the organization started implementing its programmes in 2013 in the area of Traditional Authority Chakhaza in the district, it has 13 children baptized in their Christian churches, 97 households given grants to start small income generating activities, 107 children supported with livestock such as pigs, goats and chickens and 87 students sponsored in 14 secondary schools .
The country director said the project has sadly noted drop outs, child marriages, child labour, children leaving the community for one reason or another, volunteers and mentor fatigues to implement the project in the impact area.
Chikhosi said Zoe Ministry do not have funds for sponsoring college students because its expensive saying currently, her organization is sponsoring one student at Lilongwe Technical College who got 18 points in the Malawi School Certificate of Educations (MSCE).
Dowa District Agricultural Development Officer (DADO), Aaron Kachimela, commended Zoe Ministry for its efforts and asked them to continue sponsoring the needy students up to the university.
Dowa has over 30 NGOs implementing various programmes in the district operating from Lilongwe and Mponela Trading Centre in the district.
According to the statistics at the Dowa District Council, more NGOs are implementing their projects in the Dowa West, North, and South East neglecting the Eastern side covering Matekenya – a hard to reach area in the district.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA