Couple Constructs ECD Center in Lilongwe

Beneficiaries of the Center Beneficiaries of the Center - pic by Moses Masiye

Over 100 children from group village headman Kumwandama in Lilongwe are privileged to have quality access to early childhood development, thanks to a Malawian couple based in America.

Group village headman Kumwandama for the area says Owen and Vanessa Kachaje visited a local church in 2015 where they donated some items, and the community took advantage of the visit to ask for a nursery school.

The chief says the couple responded positively and the Reach the Needy Day Care and Nursery Center opened later in 2018.

"Under-five children who have undergone the facility over the past three years have proved sharp and different from the rest when they enroll in primary school.

" However, we ask other well-wishers to join Owen and Vanessa in assisting us with a primary school as the children face more challenges to travel to Kachitsa primary school which is at a distance of more than 10 kilometers," said Group village headman Kumwandama.

He says he has plans to mobilize all chiefs under his leadership to assist providing a piece of land for a primary school and accompanied facilities.

Head caregiver for Reach the Needy Early Childhood Development Center Agness Mlomo says the facility however lack some more teaching and learning materials and asked other people of good will to join the couple.

She said: "It is encouraging to get reports that our products outshine others who start primary school without early childhood development and with more support. The future looks promising."

In a joint interview, Owen and Vanessa Kachaje assured the community of more support within their reach.

"We are happy that we can reach out to some impoverished children in this area especially orphans and young girls, on our mission to transform the rural communities by providing education, healthcare and basic needs," they said.

Apart from their commitment to take the primary school project, Owen and Vanessa say they have plans to construct under five clinic at the school and later a health center or a community hospital to provide easy and immediate access to health care if given the land.

They say other well-wishers globally are welcome to support this nonprofit organization with meals, uniform, teaching/learning materials or buildings for the primary school and clinic.

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