Dutch Cycles from Chitipa to Nsanje for OVCs

Johan Johan - pic by Hezekiah Namonde

A Dutch, Johan Van Der Ham, has cycled all the way from Chitipa in the north to Nsanje in the south, covering a 1, 200 kilometre, in a drive to raise awareness on the need to support the country's orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).

Johan, who works with Stephanos Foundation, has covered such a distance within a week arriving in Nsanje Thursday at around 6:15 pm.

"You see the first goal was not really in raising money. Ofcousrse we are grateful for some money that's coming in. It's all about spreading good news that we have been there for 30 years complementing government efforts in supporting the children,” he said.

Stephanos Foundation Executive Director, Clifford Kuyokwa, told Zodiak Online that they are currently supporting over 1, 000 orphans and vulnerable children

"The need for support is very huge, you may understand that the future of Malawi is dependent on these small children so we need to support them with good quality education," said Kuyokwa.

One of the beneficiaries, Christina Witness, 13, based at Chileka in Blantyre told Zodiak that many of her colleagues are in dire need of the similar support.

Nsanje District Commissioner, Medson Matchaya has commended the initiative.

"The problem has not left any district, we have so many orphans and vulnerable children across the country, we in Nsanje are no exception. We are doing our part but it is difficult to reach out to all the children with adequate support without such partners giving a hand," said Matchaya.

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