Athlete to Adopt Girl Whose Father Died During Cyclone Freddy

Shantero dressing some disaster affected kids Shantero dressing some disaster affected kids - pic by Shantero

Athlete, Shantero Davie says he has plans to adopt a ten year old girl in Mulanje who lost her father during the Tropical Cyclone Freddy disaster.

The standard five girl is from Ndala village in Traditional Authority Njema.

Shantero told Zodiak Online that though her mother survived the disaster, the family is just too vulnerable and in need of support hence his decision to adopt the girl.

“Listening to the story of this girl, and the abject poverty the family is basking in, I have fears that if left there, she might be impregnated or get married at a tender age hence my decision to adopt her and assist her to excel with her education,” said Shantero.

He said currently preparations of adoption paperwork are underway.

The girl’s uncle told Zodiak Online that the family has accepted to have the girl adopted by the athlete.

“We are just waiting to hear from Mr. Shantero but as a family we have no problem to allow the athlete to adopt our girl,” said the uncle whose particulars we have deliberately concealed to avoid jeopardizing the adoption process.

Meanwhile the athlete has donated K3 million worth of assorted food and nonfood items to Cyclone Freddy displaced households at Nanchidwa camp in Traditional Authority Njema in Mulanje district.

Shantero said he raised over K3 million for the Cyclone Freddy response during his 48 kilometer run from Shoprite in Blantyre to Nkando in Mulanje four weeks ago.

Reports by the Department of Disaster and Management Affairs show that Mulanje was the worst hit district with 151 lives lost during the disaster.

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