Japan oils First Lady’s charity


By Wezzie Gausi

The Japanese Embassy in Malawi has pumped K94 million into the construction of a girls’ hostel and water facility at Katowo Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Rumphi District.

Ambassador of Japan to Malawi Satochi Iwakiri said this at the grant-signing ceremony at the State House in Lilongwe on Monday.


He said the embassy commends progress Shaping Our Future Foundation (Soff) has made in promoting girls’ education.

“The embassy is already implementing other projects promoting the education of girls in the country. As such, when we received a proposal to help Soff in constructing the hostel, we understood it would complement the work we are already doing,” Iwakiri said.

First Lady Monica Chakwera said Katowo CDSS was catering for learners from more than just one village.


She said girls from rural areas face a number of challenges to access quality education.

“Construction of the hostel will motivate girls in the area to go further with their studies. Today, we are happy to receive the grant, knowing that a lot of girls will be helped,” Chakwera said.

Soff Executive Director MacDuff Phiri said they were grateful to the Japanese Embassy for accepting their proposal.

“We have a vision of holistic development of girls in rural areas and urban ones. We want girls from all circles of life to be equal in terms of access to education,” Phiri said.

Meanwhile, Soff has said it is targeting 5,000 girls, who it wants to be in school by the end of 2023.

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