Airtel Malawi spoiled 197 children with special needs with different gifts and luncheon as one way of celebrating Christmas at The Dawn Centre for Children in Lunzu, Blantyre on Friday.
The leading mobile company donated items like bales of clothes, bags of rice, stationery, and individual Christmas gift packs to each and every child courtesy of Mr Money and Father Christmas.
In her speech, Airtel Malawi Brands Communications Manager Isabel Kachinjika said they understand the challenges met by special needs children, and that as a brand Airtel believes in extending its caring arms to everybody.
“Again and again we say disability is not ability, but as corporate players and citizens of Malawi we need to come together and ably provide resources that would uplift abilities of children with special needs so that they are able to realize their full potential in life. Among other things, happiness is a key motivator! Let us celebrate with them, spoil them with gifts and interact with them to uplift their self-esteem. Airtel says the time is now,” said Kachinjika.
She said Airtel is pleased to have had a successful year, and commits herself that they shall continue to make a big difference in the lives of many people through their corporate social responsibility activities, mobile telecommunications products, service solutions.
The founder of Dawn Centre Mirriam Paharaoh hailed Airtel Malawi for their gesture and urged other companies to follow suit.
Pharaoh said the donation was timely because the centre rely on well wishers for their operations.
For instance, she said they have many challenges to look after the special needs children like lack of enough food, lack of mosquito nets, blankets and transport for its day scholars pupils.
“We really need more support from companies and well wishers. If there can be people to help us with blankets, mosquito nets for these children we will appreciate,” she said.
The Dawn Centre was established on 16 August 2010.