Stephanos Foundation brings hope to children of Chilembwe primary school

By Wilfred Golden

Stephanos Foundation a non-governmental organization has donated a child learning center and a borehole worth 18 million Malawi Kwacha at Chilembwe primary school in Traditional Authority(T/A) Mazengela in Lilongwe.

Speaking when presiding over the handover ceremony, parliamenterian for Lilongwe Mpenu constituency who is also secretary general for Malawi Congress Party(MCP) Eisenhower Mkaka commended the gesture saying it is timely as the country is working towards vision 2063.

He said as the vision mostly looks at holistic development, the project will provide an opportunity for the children to be provided with different needs like good education.

Executive Director at Stephanos Foundation speaking to journalists after the event

“Let me say that, we are doing alot to develop this Constituency and not far from here we are talking of new school blocks that have been belt, we are talking about over 100 boreholes that have been sank, we are talking of over 10 concrete bridges that have been built and there were also complaining about the dam here and I came here some months ago just to appreciate the damage that was caused, so I reported that to the district council and we are in a process of mobilizing resources so that the bridge should be rehabilitated, and here there are talking of classroom blocks we are really working on that,” Mkaka said.

He also said that it is good for the people to voice out what they want as this is the only way they can communicate to him as their representative for the constituency so that when he is mobilizing resources he should put in mind of all those things.

Mkaka therefore, urged people in the constituency to sustain the project saying having the project done is another thing and sustaining it needs passion.

Executive Director at Stephanos Foundation Malawi, Clifford Kuyokwa, said in recent years there have been focusing working in the southern part of Malawi but now it has been two years since they started implementing some efforts towards early childhood development in the central region.

“We do take care opharns and vulnerable children as well as their guardians so that they can become safe reliant. In Malawi, we have seen that there are alot of orphans and vulnerable children whose their education background is poor, so we are doing our best with the early childhood development center trainings so that these children can have a fundamental foundation for their future.So we are helping the children to know how to read, write as early as they are young so that when going into upper classes they should have enough knowledge,” he said.

In his remarks, Village Development Center, chairperson Hadwell Masikamu said they are appreciating what Stephanos Foundation has brought to the area as this will help in areas of good water and that opharns and vulnerable children will benefit from the project.

Stephanos Foundation is doing child adoption programmes as well as feeding programmes in some areas around Lilongwe where as of now over 100 children are on feeding programme and other groups of over 100 children are also on adoption programme.

Eisenhower Mkaka and officials from Stephanos Foundation touring some of the projects