Malawi’s UK envoy tells Charity groups to co-exist

Malawi High Commissioner to London, Bernard  Sande has implored all charitable organisations in the UK to co-exist together and work hand in hand at all times in rending a helping hand to the vulnerable and disadvantaged in the southern African nation.

Sande made the remarks amid grave concerns that most organisations dispensing help to needy in Malawi work not only in total isolation but in competition like it’s a business venture.

He was speaking in Colby Town in Northamptonshire Saturday afternoon when he presided over  a family fun-day that was organised by Apikanile Women group and attended by Colby Town Mayor Councillor Judy Cain to sensitize the communities about their work.

“I would like to commend Apikanile Women for organising this fun-day and for bringing together communities  to sensitise the people from different walks of life about their charity work which they do in Malawi in supporting women and the girl child.

The ambassador with Apikanile coordinator Wycliffe Nyatsambo, (in black) and Apikanile women group founders; Gertrude Banda left (in Orange) and Towera Gondwe-Nyatsambo right (in pink)

The ambassador with Apikanile coordinator Wycliffe Nyatsambo, (in black) and Apikanile women group founders; Gertrude Banda left (in Orange) and Towera Gondwe-Nyatsambo right (in pink)

“But at the same time may I ask all charitable organisations who supports people in Malawi from the UK and the rest of the world to support one another and work together as partners not as competitors,” begged Sande earnestly.

He also hailed Malawi Health Care Support (Mahecas)  UK for their support to the event.

Sande added: “This is how it should be done. All charitable organisations must work together and I urge all charitable organisations in the UK and the rest of the world to borrow a leaf of goodwill, they work together for the common good of the Malawian people. Charity organisations must never compete as if they are in some kind of business, there common goal is but to help the needy Malawians.”

Vote of thanks  

Speaking earlier on Apikanile co-founder Towera Gondwe-Nyatsambo thanked the Malawi Mission in the UK for supporting groups like Apikanile and giving them advice saying her organisation appreciate the great role the Malawi Embassy plays and also applauded the people of Colby and their Mayor for the assistance rendered to the group.

Gondwe-Nyatsambo also applauded all Malawians in the UK for their support, saying their job in helping women and girls is made easy because of the support they get from people and some organisations.

“ We organised this family fun-day to bring communities and families together but at the same time to use this day as a launch pad in sensitizing the public about our organisation,” she said.

“Also a big thank you goes to Margaret Nyirenda and Sunganani Mumba for all their support. I also would like to thank the Nottingham Malawi football team for coming all the way to Colby to participate in the football tournament.”

Gondwe-Nyatsambo also thanked Techmiya Shipping and cleaning Services for providing educational materials and Mahecas for giving the organisation  a donation towards the event.

Fun day Activities

During the fun day there was a lot of activities which included kids out-door games, jumping castle, face painting, tug-of-war and the toast of the day was the football match between Colby select football team and the all conquering Nottingham Malawi football team.

In the netball tournament, the cup was ceremoniously presented to the Colby team by Colby mayor Judy Cain as no other team turned up to battle it out.

In Football, Nottingham Malawi Football team which has practically won everything in all football competitions among Malawians teams maintained their winning streak and clobbered the hosts, Colby Select football team 4-2 to lift yet another silverware.

Ambassador Sande presented a floating trophy to the winners, Nottingham who recently won Malawi national Independence Cup in Manchester during July 6Independence celebrations. They won a trophy and a football kit.

Nottingham also bagged home a trophy and a football kit in the Mahecas soccer tournament after whacking Birmingham Malawi Football team.

During the cup presentation the High Commissioner applauded the Nottingham  team for their hard work which he said has earned them a reputation as  the best Malawian team in England.

Apikanile Women is a UK based social enterprise  which aims to improve the livelihood of women and girls in Malawi through various projects at grass-roots level.

Nottingham Malawi team poses for a photo with the Ambassador before the match and below receiving the trophy.

Nottingham Malawi team poses for a photo with the Ambassador before the match and below receiving the trophy.

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