Airtel Malawi on Wednesday made a donation of MK3.8 million to Hope for the Blind to go towards the support education and welfare needs of students with visual and hearing impairment.
Speaking when making the donation in Lilongwe, Airtel Malawi’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Norah Chavula said the intervention underlines Airtel’s commitment to empower the underprivileged in the attainment of education.
“We all know that education is not a cheap commodity. Actually education is an investment. Airtel is facilitating the attainment of this precious investment and commodity through a donation of fees.
“Education is one such tool that dissolves our inabilities into abilities. Education empowers and grooms us into intellectuals that capitalize on the best ever human capital, and that is the brain. As long as our brain functions we have what it takes to be as productive as everyone else,” said Chavula.
Chavula said as Airtel they shall keep on finding means and ways of addressing challenges faced by visually impaired and blind students in the country as a continuation of a partnership which started in 2014.
“It is time as a country we adopted deliberate policies that would empower the visually challenged. There is technology, but if we say that technology is expensive to acquire then we are not helping to address the situation,” she said.
Executive Director for Hope for the Blind, Hastings Bwande said the needs for many visually impaired and blind students is huge in their quest to attain education therefore called on organisations to come forward and help their cause.
“It comes as a huge relief when organisations like Airtel come in like this to bail us out. The number of students with such challenges but with huge potential is big and a majority fails to realise their dreams because of lack of financial help.
“We are offering our gratitude to Airtel for their continued assistance which they give to us. Some organisations, even after being approached, have not taken heed of our plea,” said Bwande.
The beneficiaries of the MK 3.8 million donation will be drawn from the Chancellor College, Namitete and Mzimba technical colleges.
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