Over the weekend , Pupils from Nkope school for the blind were overwhelmed with gratitude when Mangochi Police women network donated assorted items worth K455,000-00 to the institution.
The donation is a fulfilled pledge by the women grouping they made to the school ealier last month and had sourced funds through a mock wedding that was held on 9 December 2017.
Nkope, a special school under Anglican church but receives funding from the Malawi government expects to provide good care for the vulnerable students in addressing some of the challanges they face.
According to Mangochi polices deputy public relations officer sergeant Amina Tepani Daudi,the grouo donated various items ,among them include ; 12 bags of maize and rice, 22 litres of cooking oil, 100 kgs of salt, 28 packets Sugar, 50 bundles Soya pieces, Kamba, 10 kgs Beef and 40 Bottles of Squash among others.
Daudi added that,apart from the food items,each pupil was given k1000.00 as pocket money.
In his remarks ,the headteacher Joseph Nkata praised the Police women for the gesture.
“This is indeed a dream come true, people have been coming here with empty promises and trust me l took it lightly when you came two weeks ago to enquire about our needs. We are grateful for fulfilling your promise and others should learn from you ” said Nkata.
Speaking to the gathering which included the coordinating Primary Education Advisor (PEA) , PEA for Nkope zone, Headteacher, Deacon and members of the school committee, Chairlady for Mangochi Police women network Inspector Norah Chimwala emphasised much on the need for people to change their mentality towards the Police.
“Police officers are human beings too, they have that spirit in them that believes in ensuring that no child is left behind and that children with special needs get the equal opportunity to access quality education and have a better standard of living as other children. Some of us were raised in orphanage centres and we are who we are today because of others” said Chimwala.
She further urged other well wishers to follow suit in an attempt to uplift the welfare of the deaf and blind children. Apparently the school has 28 students.
Mangochi police women network has been active in conducting sensitization meetings and school outreach against early marriages, teenage pregnancy and gender based violence.
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