First Lady pledges more support for Malawi children with disabilities

The First Lady Madam Gertrude Mutharika has called on people in the country to give a lot of support to people especially children living with various kinds of disabilities to ensure that they have equal chances of fulfilling their potential in life and make a positive contribution to the development of the country.

First Lady pushes Francis on his wheel chair

First Lady pushes Francis on his wheel chair

First Lady pushes Francis on his wheel chair

First Lady pushes Francis on his wheel chair

Madam Mutharika was speaking  at Mmbuka village in the area of Traditional Authority Machinjiri in Blantyre Kabula Constituency where she a paid a visit to the family of twelve year old Francis Makwerani, a boy with physical disability.

Francis, a standard one pupil at Ngumbe Primary School caught the attention of the First Lady when he was featured in State television channel MBC’s ‘Reach out and Touch Programme’.

The First Lady explained that she was moved by the plight of the boy as revealed in the programme.

“I learned from the programme that Francis craws about six to eight kilometres to school. I saw Francis Makwerani in one of the clips crossing the road, crawling from school. Since I watched that programme three weeks ago, I have not been at peace. I strongly felt that I needed to do something for Francis.

“That I have finally come here today, met this boy and hand him a wheel chair and a few other items for him and his family to use for the mean time, I believe my heart would be at peace now,” said Madam Mutharika.

Apart from the wheelchair, the First Lady also announced a bursary to SOS village boarding school for the boy to access his education without any mobility challenges.

The other items donated by the First Lady include five bags of maize weighing 50 kilogrammes each, cooking oil, two bales of sugar, salt, cartons of washing and bathing soap, blankets, excise books, school bag as well as clothes.

“I do not want just to look and address problems that Francis has today, we need to look at his future as well. As far as I am concerned, just like any other child Francis has potential to become somebody big and important and that can only happen if he has a chance to attain his education. That is why through the ministry of gender, child welfare and disability we have secured a boarding school for him at SOS,” she said.

In their remarks Francis’s father hailed the First Lady for her kind heartedness and compassion as demonstrated by the visit to the family and making their child’s dream to go to school a reality.

“We are very grateful to the First Lady. For us as parents we could not even imagine that anyone of her status would care to leave everything to come and visit us. Francis loves school so much so that he cries every day that he misses classes. We are very happy that he will now be able to attend school each and every day like any other normal child because he now has mobility means and will be taken to a boarding school,” said Mr Makwerani.

Minister of Gender, disability and child welfare, Patricia Kaliati also hailed the First Lady for the gesture and calling her ministry to duty to rescue Francis.

Malawi Council for the Handicapped Executive Director Peter Ngomwa and Member of Parliament for the area Rashid Gaffar also commended the First Lady for moving quickly to assist Francis saying the gesture sets a good example for companies, organisations and even individuals in the country to be responsive and supportive to the disadvantaged including people with disabilities.

“There were a lot of us people who were seeing this little boy crawling and crossing that road to and from school every day, but it only took our First Lady to watch a programme once on our national television to act and bring hope in the life of this boy and his family,” said Gaffar.

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Kwakwananda mayiyu
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Ine amandinyansa mayiyu

Andugi
Guest

Uku ndiye kukhala MADAM. Musamvere zomwe akunena enawa, Mwaonesa umunthu weniwei. Akamati Mulunga amadalitsa dzanja lomwe limapatsa you should not be surprised. Even his parents are surprised that First Lady can come to their house to releive their burden.

Fido
Guest

Insignificant gasture

Sapitwa
Guest

If this heart was for all Malawians, this Country would have gone far.
It is every social responsibility of the haves to get involved in a certain social project such as one of these. Malawi government has educated many of its citizens on absolutely free scholar ships and many of these are in UK,US,RSA,Australia and many parts of the world. It is very sad to note that apart from helping their relatives, there is nothing more they could do for Malawi in return. Let’s emulate the first Lady’s gesture to offer our social responsibility to mother Malawi.

Bristol
Guest

God bless you MAMA for showing kindness to the disadvantaged people in our society and that is the reason God keeps us alive to make an impact to our society.

Bongo
Guest

akanakhala JB bwezi atakhala pa mphasa yeniyeni… aaaaaaa this bitch………………..

Zanga Phee!
Guest

This is unfair, i wonder if the first lady once did home based care services,how could she distance herself from the boy?why applying extra mat when there was already glass mat and somebody is siting there? now how could she distance herself from the boy if she is really the caring mother.Please time is gone of using people on our personal gains there is always time.Besides she dressed well very presentable as a mother of the Nation good.See my name.

Phwado
Guest

Fake gesture.The way she touches the kid ,where she has sat simply show she can’t share.Action speaks louder than words.

Wakufuna Kwabwino
Guest

Mulungu akudalitseni mai wathu awonjezere madalitso mmbanja mwanu pitilizani mtima opatsawo. Enawa anabadwa ndi mtima wansanje chifukwa chake akulemba mwano musawamvere madam.

Dambudzo Mwasanya
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Malawi has alot of disabler people.School should be built catering with disabled facilities instead of putting that money into your pockets.Helping a single boy in a population of 15 million people is not enough.

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