Community volunteers in Ntchisi will no longer fail to serve community members due to transportation challenges.
The volunteers were all smiles last Wednesday when World Relief Malawi (WRM) with support from IDA World Bank, through the Department of Nutrition and HIV/Aids (DNHA), distributed 50 pushbikes to volunteers who operate in traditional authorities Kasakula, Malenga and Chilooko in Ntchisi District as part of the ‘Support for Nutrition Improvement Component (SNIC)’ initiative.
World Relief Malawi Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant, Wanangwa Mumba, and Project Officer Ausbert Phiri distributed the bikes last Wednesday.
Mumba said, through the project, community structures were established and strengthened to engage communities in activities that contribute to the enhancement of maternal and child nutrition service delivery at community level.
“The pushbikes will help them become efficient in implementing activities such as conducting education sessions and timely reporting. The bicycles will also motivate the volunteers and help them to increase their influence in their respective areas as they will be easily recognised for their timely response to calls by community members when they need their services,” Mumba said.
Mumba said before the pushbikes were distributed, some volunteers could cover a distance of five kilometres on foot to serve fellow community members.
“We used to cover long distances to reach out to community members but, with the pushbikes, we promise to reach out to more people,” said Ephrida Kadakwinda, one of the beneficiaries.
During the distribution exercise, Phiri advised the beneficiaries to use the pushbikes for the intended purpose of reaching out to a greater number of community members in order to scale up maternal and child nutrition service delivery.
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