Queen Elizabeth II of Britain on Friday recognised Malawian volunteer, Brian Khembo, as the 146th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his exceptional voluntary service supporting his community during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Khembo is the founder of My Community My Responsibility, which is educating the local community about Covid-19.
Khembo leads weekly outreach meetings with 300 elderly people in local towns, to amplify the key messages of social distancing and regular hand washing, while also distributing food, masks and soap.
In addition he also provides 50 vulnerable street children with regular hot meals.
As part of the legacy of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London 2018, The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, thanked inspirational volunteers across the 54 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond, by recognising one volunteer from each Commonwealth country every week.
Presenting the award, Acting UK High Commissioner in Malawi, David Beer said in these challenging times, Khembo is one of the unsung heroes who have decided to do something and support their communities through the current Covid-19 crisis.
“Using personal resources and sometimes pulling together little contributions in cash and kind from friends, Brian has been able to reach out to the most forgotten and vulnerable in this pandemic: street kids and the elderly.
“Brian has regularly provided meals and protective wear such face masks to street kids and has been helping the elderly in some of the poorest neighbourhoods with food items and information on how to protect themselves from the pandemic. I congratulate Brian for the award and the recognition from HM The Queen for his selfless acts,” Beer said.
On his part, Khembo thanked The Queen for choosing him to be among the people to receive the Points of Light award.
“This award will fuel my desire to support many children on the streets and the vulnerable people, it will help me to be a model for many in Malawi. My desire is to see that one day most of these (street) kids should become independent and productive citizens of the country,” Khembo said.
The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 54 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace.
The Heads of Government meeting brought together leaders from all the 54 Member countries to reaffirm common values, address shared global challenges and agree how to work to create a better future for all citizens, especially young people.
Voluntary service is a vital part of this agenda, which is why The Queen has chosen to recognise outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth in this special way