Malawi ex beauty queen speaks on youth development envoy for Africa role

Former Miss Malawi Faith Chibale has said her heart is still with the vulnerable and wants to help create a conducive environment for kids living with their mothers in the country’s prisons.

Chibale, well-known for her charity work during her term as the country’s beauty queen in 2011, said this in an interview with Nyasa Times following her appointment as an Ambassador for Youth Development in Africa.

She was given the ambassadorship two weeks ago in Tete, Mozambique, where she went to attend a youth conference that brought together 25 young people from that country and other African states including Malawi.

“While I was in Mozambique, I addressed the gathering on the issues of education, conflict resolution, drug and alcohol abuse as well as self-esteem which lack in many youths in Africa.

Former Miss Malawi Faith Chibale: Ambassador for Youth Development Africa

“That aside, I want to use this opportunity to have my first project focusing on helping young children that are in the prisons of Malawi, not because they did something wrong, but because their mothers were arrested, the kids that were born in prison,” she said.

Chibale added that she does not see any difference between young children growing up in prisons and those orphaned in the other areas of society, saying “the only difference is that they see their mothers but the mother is in a situation that she can’t fend for her kids”.

According to the “Queen of charity”, Youth for Peace and Development is a newly established organisation dealing with youths in African countries by promoting peace, unity and solidarity among them.

The NGO is also empowering young people in Africa economically through trainings which will see thousands of youths benefiting from different projects they have.

Speaking on her appointment, Chibale said during the interview: “I believe it is all coming from God. I don’t have any crown but an organisation has entrusted me to serve Malawians and the entire African continent.”

She attributed the development to her successful terms, both as Malawi News Model of the Year and Miss Malawi in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

Chibale further disclosed that she will soon embark on a research to find out more on the challenges the young children in prisons are facing as well as which prison in the country has a lot of such kids and what they lack most.

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