Malawi VP Chilima applauds St Paul the Apostle Seminary alumni

Malawi  vice president Dr Saulos Chilima has applauded St Paul the Apostle Seminary alumni for taking an initiative to give back to their school.

Bishop Stima welcoming Vice President Chilima at the fundraising dinner

Bishop Stima welcoming Vice President Chilima at the fundraising dinner

bishop-stima-of-the-mangochi-with-vice-president-chilima-during-the-fundraising-dinnerAcknowledging the variety of eminent individuals the seminary has produced, whose contribution to the country’s development was noted. The vice president said that now as the school is meeting several challenges the association has done well to organize such an event.

“I salute the alumni for the faith they have to raise money for their old school. I advise you to keep on keeping on to achieve what you want to do for the school,” said  Dr Chilima.

He said the relationship that exist between the church and government is great as it has had tremendous developmental impact. He said the church nourishes the spiritual life and government compliments by providing enabling policies for development, addding that this can only be fruitful if there is good relationship.

The vice president was speaking at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe, Saturday at a fundraising dinner and dance for the St Paul the Apostle Seminary Alumni association.

Speaking earlier, Bishop of Mangochi Diocese, His Lordship Montfort Stima commended the alumni association for the event saying it is a fruit of tremendous sacrifice.

He said the zeal and commitment shown by the alumni to help their old school is an act of true love and that the alumni have a responsibility to give back not only to the school but to the nation at large.

He said with the current cost of living being expensive, the school is struggling to smoothly run its operations. He said there is a problem of food, paying of utilities as well as staff remuneration among other challenges.

The Bishop said the subvention that they currently receive is not enough to meet the operating costs and was happy with the initiatives the alumni have put in place.

In his remarks, Chairperson of the organizing committee for the alumni,  Charles Baluwa said the dinner and dance event was organized to raise funds to support their former school ease some of the challenges that they are facing.

He said apart from helping the school with donations, the alumni is also paying school fees for needy students.

Baluwa said they projected to raise about K20 million for the purchase of a state-of-the-art butchery equipment and that money realized from the butchery will assist the school.

“This event was organized to raise about K20 million to buy equipment for a butchery. The school has an income generating activity of pig farming which at the moment has over 5,000 pigs.

“So we thought if they can have a butchery and produce processed pork products, they will be able to generate more money, which will be used to ease some of the schools challenges,” said Baluwa.

During the event the vice president donated K1 million and two state-of-the-art smart phones for auction where the highest bidder was a Mrs Namankhwa wife of the seminary’s alumni who got one of the phones at K2 million.

St Paul the Apostle Seminary School was established in 1985 as a foundation school for catholic priesthood in Mangochi district and use to receive subvention from the main Church.

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