The New Apostolic Church through its development arm, Henwood Foundation recently inaugurated a modern school block at Mbwatalika Early Childhood Development Centre in Lilongwe.
“We are pleased that with the support of the United Nations Women’s Gild (UNWG) of Vienna we now have a brand new school block which will provide a permanent learning and feeding centre for the orphans and vulnerable Children from seven surrounding villages in Mbwatalika,” said District Apostle Moses Chipanda.
Funds to construct the block were donated by the United Nations Women’s Guild of Geneva to the tune of US$7000 while the New Apostolic Church donated K700,000 towards the purchase of bricks. Part of the funds from UNWG, were also partly used to purchase teaching and learning materials for the school.
The school was opened in the 2012-2013 school calendar and so far 113 under-five children have graduated into standard one from the centre.
We are also proud that our care-givers have been well trained and are imparting valuable knowledge to the young children as prescribed by the Ministry of Gender, Women, Children, Disability and Social Welfare through the National Syllabus for Integrated Early Childhood Development,” Chipanda, who is also Henwood’s Patron said.
He also said the school has graduated autistic and epileptic children to primary school giving a sigh of relief to parents and guardians ‘a first in the area’.
The provision of vita-meal has contributed to the reduction of malnutrition and stunting in the children, he added
Chipanda said the New Apostolic Church decided to establish Hewnwood Foundation in order to fulfill some of the church’s social responsibility obligations and other develop activities “because the role of the church is not only to care for the souls of its members spiritually but also to participate in development activities within communities”.
Traditional Authority Maliri said during the inauguration that his subjects were thankful to the New Apostolic Church for the contribution made to uplift the standard of education in the area.
“Literacy levels in the Central Region are as low as 40 percent, much lower than the other regions. The establishment of the Early Childhood Development Centre will go a long way towards reducing illiteracy levels in my area,” he said.
He urged parents not to allow children below the age of ten from joining the Gule wa Mkulu traditional cult and to discourage or force girls into early marriages.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :