MACOHA Equips PWDs with Vocational Skills
Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) says unless Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) or their parents are economically empowered, cases of people begging on the street will remain a big issue.
This is according to MACOHA acting Public Relations Officer, Harriet Kachimanga, who was speaking in Salima at the end of a media tour to some beneficiaries of different vocational skills training.
Over seventy people with disabilities in Salima are undergoing through different Vocational Skills trainings with support from MACOHA.
MACOHA in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity constructed houses for selected people with disabilities in the area of Traditional Authority Karonga in Salima district as a way of improving their living standards with support from hope and healing international.
"We felt that just building a house was not enough considering the challenges people with disabilities face; hence, we thought equipping them with their choice vocational skills and give them equipment later would be ideal," said Kachimanga.
One of the beneficiaries, Salome George, from Buleya village who has a child with disability, hails the initiative saying it will better their livelihood.
Another beneficiary, Mr. Antony Paulino, says if all the persons with disabilities or their guardians were given an opportunity like this, cases of street begging wouldn’t be there.