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Airtel Malawi parties with special needs children

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Airtel Malawi through its corporate social responsibility initiative on Friday partied with special needs children at Dawn Resource Centre in Lunzu, Blantyre.

Apart from the donation of among others school bags, stationery, bails of clothes, Christmas packs and bags of rice, the children had time to show off their dance moves as they enjoyed different songs before they were later treated to lunch.

This was an early Christmas party for the children and saw others even leave their wheel chairs and dance with the new bags they had received.

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The party was even lightened with the presence of Father Christmas who distributed balloons.

One of the children, Ian Makolija, who is in standard seven and uses feet for writing, said this was the first time he has had such a party.

“I am happy; I have never had such a time especially during Christmas. This is why I danced. I also danced because of the items I received,” said Makolija, who spoke with difficulty.

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Airtel Malawi Brands and Communications Manager Isabel Kachinjika said as a caring brand they decided to celebrate with children with special needs as part of extending their caring arms.

“We feel truly blessed to be able to celebrate this Christmas party with children with special needs. This party enabled us to interact, celebrate and uplift each other. Their welfare is important in our society, communities and families,” she said.

Kachinjika said that disability is not inability hence as corporate players and citizens of Malawi, they needed to come together and ably provide resources that would uplift abilities of children with special needs so that they are able to realise their full potential in life.

“Among other things, happiness is a key motivator. Let us celebrate with them, spoil them with gifts. As a caring brand, we will continue to make a big difference in the lives of many people through our corporate social responsibility activities, innovations, mobile telecommunication services and solutions,” she said.

Kachinjika said last year Airtel Malawi also interacted with 300 orphans from the major cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu through Christmas parties.

Head teacher at Dawn Resource Centre which was founded by Miriam Farao, Lawrence Khuyemo said they take care of children with visual impairment, hearing impairment and learning difficulties.

“The coming of Airtel Malawi has brightened their faces, we have lots of challenges as a school but you can see today the children are happy. There are brilliant children here and you have even seen that through the end of year results,” he said.

Dawn Resource Centre is supported by Aquid Lifeline and currently has standard one and two. It has close to 50 special needs children

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