By Watipaso Mzungu, Contributor:
Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa)- Malawi Chapter on Saturday took journalists to its newly—acquired building at Lilaga Community Complex in Lilongwe to appreciate what the chapter has acquired.
The chapter has paid K8 million for the building, which is expected to house the organisation’s offices and a training centre for continuing education for its membership and those in the communications industry.
Speaking after the tour, Misa-Malawi Chairperson, Teresa Ndanga, said the chapter would also open a clubhouse and restaurant to raise money for operations of the office.
“This is for financial sustainability of the organisation because those that will run it will be only those that are members. So, it will be done on rotational basis and members will bid to run it at any particular point in time,” Ndanga said.
But Ndanga emphasised that the acquisition of the building does not mean the chapter has wound up its fundraising activities, saying they are still mobilising resources for completion of the building.
“The building that we bought is incomplete. And we will fundraise again to allow us to complete works on the building so that the secretariat can move in by mid this year. On the training side, we have partnered DW Akademie, Germany’s leading organisation for media development, and Deutsche Welle’s Centre of Excellence for Education and Knowledge Transfer in establishing the centre, which will provide us with internet and computers, among other things,” she said.
Misa-Malawi established a fundraising committee in September 2017 to raise resources for an office building for the organisation.
The group set a target of K30 million for the project and, so far, it has raised K14 million.
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