Malawian children face more challenges
Government and other organisations that deal with promotion and protection of vulnerable children’s rights and welfare have been urged to double their efforts as a means of giving Malawian children a chance to grow responsibly.
Malawi Children’s Village (MCV) Executive Director, Felix Chirombo, made the remarks in Mangochi during the 20th anniversary of the organisation that promotes vulnerable children’s rights among other activities that target children.
Chirombo explained that observations and results from other researchers have shown that vulnerable children in Malawi face a lot of challenges in earning a living as compared to other countries in the sub- Saharan Region.
He called for creation of an enabling environment for vulnerable children to realise their potential just like other children that are well supported by their parents and guardians.
“For the past 20 years, we have learnt that every child deserves a chance to go to school and supported with necessary materials. Vulnerable children deserve our support to grow into responsible citizens,” he said.
Chirombo said the institution is supporting over 2,500 children with tuition and other needs. From these, 124 are in secondary school, while the rest are being supported through community structures that are available in 38 villages under Traditional Authority Mponda.
“Additionally, we have expanded into other outreach activities that are aimed at supporting lives of children. We also construct houses for old people that are supporting orphans. As such, we have managed to reach to over 10,000 orphans and vulnerable children in the past 20 years,” he said.
Mangochi District, Commissioner, Moses Chimphepo encouraged the organisation to continue reaching out to more children.
He said over the past 20 years, MCV has shown that it is possible to support children with minimum resources as long as there is a will to do that.
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