The smiles on the faces of these excited children at the Abundant Life Center in Mitundu, Lilongwe, enjoying a special Christmas party hide the sadness behind them.
The Abundant Life Center is a community driven organization that supports and care for 500 children in Mitundu in Traditional Authority Chiseka, Lilongwe.
On Saturday they attended a pre-Christmas lunch put on for orphaned and impoverished children.
With support from the founder and chairman of ‘Malawian Queen UK’ pageant Kondi Bowoyeke Munthali in partnership with Ms Christian Panje and Mrs Dorothy Panje, the centre hosted the a rare celebration for the children.
Many are orphans, casualties of the HIV epidemic. Others are destitute because their parents are ill or unemployed.
The Director of the centre, Moses Njobvu hailed Malawian Queen UK for doing charity work by putting a smile to the orphans.
“Thank you everyone who participated in making this become a reality, your spiritual, emotional and financial support is greatly appreciated, we hope and pray that this isn’t the last but the beginning of great things,” said Njobu.
Munthali told Nyasa Times that he will soon embark on a fundraising venture together with the current Malawian Queen UK Rose Mmangisa, to assist the centre which is currently facing a lot of hardship due to lack of funding.