Friends of Nkhatabay Donates Food Items to Visually Impaired Children
Friends of Nkhatabay, Nkhotakota Chapter for Mudawuku wa Atonga (MWATO) on Friday visited St.Maria Goretti School for Visually Impaired Children in Nkhatabay district.
The group donated assorted food items including laundry items of the estimated value of 500 thousand kwacha.
Deputy Headteacher, Steve Kamanga told Zodiak the facility has a string of challenges including water and electricity for 7 months now.
"We are very grateful for this donation. The school is funded by Nkhatabay district council but as you can see the learners had been starving for over 7 months without water and electricity," he said.
Kamanga added the donation of assorted food and laundry items is a great relief.
Kamanga further said "We face strings of challenges here that require interventions of various well-wishers like what friends of Nkhatabay have done. We need someone to pay utility bills, our children are sleeping in darkness."
Chairperson for the chapter, Martha Caroline Chirwa, said the donation comes after an assessment which the group conducted during their visit to Chintheche rural hospital where they also donated various items to patients there.
"We spotted St. Maria Goretti Resource center, a school for the visually impaired children last year during our visit to Chintheche rural hospital when we discovered that the school was in dire need of various human needs," she explained.
She added: "it is our desire to reach out to many cases similar to St Maria Goretti but we equally struggle to secure. attractive package since we are a self-sponsored organization whose resources come from contributions of members."
Some of the items which the MWATO Nkhotakota chapter donated are bags of maize, cooking oil, rice, beans, soya pieces, salt, Sugar, Bread, and laundry items.
The group has also footed the accumulated water bills amounting to K10,000.
Representing learners, Wisdom Phiri and Yankho Nyirenda, told Zodiak online in an interview that the donation has come at the right time when learners were facing dietary challenges such as routine eating of beans without cooking oil and tomato.
The learners then thanked the visitors for considering their school especially this time when Christmas is just around the corner.
The Deputy Headteacher, also disclosed that although this is a timely donation but it has not solved all the challenges.
The management at the school also lacks seriousness at the district council secretariat citing their absence as evidence of losing interest.
St Maria Goretti, a school for Visually impaired Children, keeps about 20 learners who come from various parts of Malawi which include Likoma, Nkhotakota, Mzimba, and Nkhatabay just to mention but a few.