By Chisomo Phiri
As one way of making sure that students are accessing quality education, a Lunzu-based youth non-governmental organization, Mzati Youth Organization on Saturday donated assorted school necessities to students at Chigodi Primary school in Lunzu, Blantyre.The school necessities include exercise books, pens, soap, toothpastes, mathematical instruments and school uniforms.
Speaking when making the donation, Executive Director for Mzati Youth Organization Lawrence Kumpama said their organization always believes in the importance of education hence made the donation so as to help those who cannot because they do not have the school necessities have the chance to do. ” As a youth organization, we always believe in the importance of education and educating a child most especially a girl child hence making the donation to these students so as they can have a chance of going to without any challenge. ” You know sometimes, students miss classes because they do not have exercise books, uniforms, instruments and even pens. We feel their pain when we see them not going to school for lacking these things and that is why we do share a little we have to make education accessible to all”, said Kumpama.
Kumpama said despite their organization have passion in helping the needy students in primary schools, they still meet challenges to make things happen. He said currently, the organization has no any donor or sponsor to fund their projects making it hard for them to reach out many schools with support hence called on the government and other well wisher for financial support towards the organization’s projects. ” Currently, we do not have any donor or sponsor to fund our projects so as we reach to many students in various schools. In all activities we do, we depend on I the executive officer and my friend Gift John who is the organization’s Programs Officer. “I and my friend John wake up early in the morning everyday and stand on Chileka road around Kameza roundabout to sell sausages for us to get money to support the office like office rentals, school fees for the students, and other office support. We really need support for our works to be done smoothly”, said Kumpama.
In his remarks, the school headteacher at Chigodi Primary School Felix Malekano thanked Mzati youth organization for making the donation at his school and called on other organizations to emulate what Mzati is doing. ” I am very happy that Mzati is here at Chigodi Primary School donating these items to the students. This should not just end here, we pray for the organization to have donars and supporters so as they reach out many students with the support”, said Malekano.
Malekano said at a time before the donation made, they were registering a high number of students missing the classes due to lack of school uniforms and other school materials but now he has hope that with the school uniforms and other schools materials they have received from the organization, the number will go down.