ActionAid Donates to Neno ECDCs

Some of the beneficiaries of ActionAid Covid19 response in early childhood development centres in Neno Some of the beneficiaries of ActionAid Covid19 response in early childhood development centres in Neno - pic by Happy Njalam'mano

Due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country, children’s return to Early Childhood Development Centers is still uncertain.

But it is not all doom and gloom in the ActionAid Malawi (AAM)-supported ECD centres as the organisation continues to distribute corn soya blend flour and hygienic supplies to over 70 000 children accessing ECD services in its 10 impact districts of the country, Neno Inclusive. 

Neno ActionAid ECD project officer Damiano Banda said, his organization in Malawi is distributing Corn Soya Blended flour and Soap to 2,051 Children in Neno targeting only those children who attend ECD Centres supported by Actionaid Malawi.

"ActionAid Malawi is working with 18 Community Child Care Centres (CBCCs) in an attempt to achieve quality ECD Services in Neno District. One of the result area the ECD program has is to ensure improved Nutrition and health of Children in the CBCCs," said Banda.

He says the main aim of the relief program is to lessen the Child Nutrition care burden women are shouldering during this period of Covid-19 pandemic since children are staying in their homes with their parents adding that Actionaid Malawi also wants nutrition of children to be taken care of even during this period of the Corona virus pandemic.

ActionAid Malawi is also working with Save The Children and the Malawi Government in running the ECD radio programs in the country and in Neno district, the program will be rolled out since on Neno community radio station. ActionAid is therefore, asking parents to utilise this opportunity by supporting their children so that they should not miss the program once it is rolled out

One ECD teacher George Kamadzi has encouraged his fellow parents and Guardians to remain vigilant in following the necessary Covid19 preventive measures such as observing social distance and personal hygiene.

“We need to adhere to all preventative measures and also put to good use of this donation as children's nutritional status could be compromised due to the closure of schools", said Kamadzi.

Actionaid Malawi thanked Roger Federer Foundation and Roche Employee Action and Charity Trust for financial support valued at MK350 million (about USD500 000) towards Covid-19 response in Malawi.

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