National Bank of Malawi (NBM) through Blantyre Lions Club on Wednesday donated K6 million towards the construction of a girls’ hostel at Namikasi Secondary School in the area of Traditional Authority Chigaru in Blantyre rural.
Presenting the cheque, NBM Deputy Chief Executive Officer McFussy Kawawa said the bank has over the years consistently shared its successes with various communities in the country by ploughing back some of its profits to deserving charitable causes
“Offering girls education is one way of giving them much greater power that enables them to make genuine and right choices over the kinds of lives they wish to lead,” said Kawawa.
He said educated girls and women are less likely to be victims of domestic and sexual violence or to tolerate it in their families.
Kawawa added that educated girls will have greater chances of escaping poverty, leading healthier and more productive lives and raising the standard of living for their children, families and communities.
Manikasi Secondary School head teacher Steven Kungala commended NBM, saying the school has no boarding facilities.
He observed that initially the school was constructed to cater for day scholars.
“Our catchment is very big and looking at the distance the girls were walking to school, the school committee decided to construct a hostel within the school campus,” he said.
Kungala said the girls hostel project requires about K15 million.