By Isaac Salima:
Malawi National Football Team former defender Mphatso Namwali’s family has launched a foundation to help villagers from Traditional Authority Ngongoliwa access adult literacy education.
The foundation also aims at encouraging youths who dropped out of school go back there.
Namwali played for the Flames in the late 1980s while his father served in the Malawi Defence Force.
The Effie Namwali Foundation initiative was launched on Saturday at Phodogoma in Thyolo District.
The foundation’s chairperson Jeromy Namwali said they would like to give back to the community.
“We were raised by the community and we are doing something to give back to the people who helped us to be where we are today. We felt the need to help our people access adult literacy education and also reach out to young people who dropped out of school due to various problems and are ready to go back,” Jeromy said.
The United States-based Mphatso and Jeromy are financing the initiative.
Village Head Phodogoma hailed the family for the gesture.
“This is quite commendable. It is not everyone who remembers where they are coming from. This initiative will, indeed, improve education standards in this area because it is targeting both the young and the old. We are grateful,” Phodogoma said.