Airtel Malawi donates K5m to Hope for the Blind education NGO

Airtel Malawi, has handed over a cheque worth K5 million to Hope For the Blind, as part of its pledge to channel all proceeds from the “Mwezi Wawala (Tithyole Dansi)” project towards charity.

Hope for the Blind is a Lilongwe-based non-governmental organization which pays for the education of needy visually impaired students in the country.

Airtel presents the cheque

Airtel presents the cheque

Students helped through Hope for Blind

Students helped through Hope for Blind

Handing over the cheque, Airtel Malawi managing director, Heiko Schlittke, said his company created the song as a gift to the nation and identified Hope for the Blind as the beneficially because the organization was helping a lot of pupils across the country.

The proceeds include the proceeds realized from the Airtel Hallo Tunes sales as well as the gate collections from the “Mwezi Wawala” video launch show that was held a week ago at Limbe Country Club in Blantyre.

“To start off this year, we have given them K5 million to support 37 students [in 12 schools across the country] to achieve their goals in life just like every other Malawian, this is our present to Hope for the Blind,” said Schlittke.

Hope for the Blind executive director, Hastings Bwande, thanked Airtel Malawi for the donation despite the economic challenges the country is facing.

“We thank Airtel for the gesture and we ask God to continue blessing the company for its growth because when it grows they will help us again and will also reach out to others,” he said.

Among the beneficiaries, who are from both urban and rural Malawi, are students from Lilongwe Girls Secondary School, where the visually impaired students face challenges which include scarcity of learning materials, among others.

“Things are not easy here. We lack large print books at the school’s resource centre and we don’t have Mathematics books,” said one of the students Mary Msiska.

“We will benefit a lot from this donation because we will now have books which we can use for referencing when learning,” she added.

Hope for the Blind is currently paying school fees for 122 visually impaired and poor students from different districts across the country. Most of these students are also orphans.

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