One of the country’s major tobacco buying companies Alliance One Malawi has donated K1.5 million to Hope of Hope orphanage center in Mchinji. The money will be used to pay for tuition fees of some 84 orphans and vulnerable students who are learning in various secondary schools in the district.
Speaking during the cheque’s handover ceremony on Wednesday in Mchinji, Alliance One Malawi social services coordinator Godfrey Chimenya said for the past nine years, his company has been providing money to the orphanage center to carter for tuition fees of some needy students.
“Since 2006, Alliance One Malawi has been providing financial assistance to Hope of Hope orphanage village, specifically for school fees of needy children who are based at this center andare learning in different secondary schools here in Mchinji,” Chimenya said.
According to Chimenya, the routine annually cash donation to the Mchinji based orphanage village is part of his company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) program in the country.
He further said that his company has been providing money for school fees of needy scholars, as one way of eliminating child labour in tobacco growing areas where the company buys tobacco in the country.
Chimenya said Alliance One Malawi volunteered to be providing the bursary support as one way of ensuring that orphans and other needy students coming from poor families should not drop out of school and end up as a source of labour in tobacco estates.
“As a company our aim to support this educational out-reach program initiated by Hope of Hope orphanage center is to ensure that even underprivileged children especially orphans should pursue their education goals and eventually became self reliant individuals in the future,” said Chimenya.
In their remarks both Hope of Hope orphanage center Reverend Thomson Chipeta and Mchinji district assistant social-welfare officer Jane Shaba commended Alliance One Malawi for the annual school bursary support to the center.
According to Chipeta some beneficiaries of this out-reach educational financial support program from Alliance One Malawi have finished school and they have so far secured better jobs in the sectors of health, education and community development among others.
Home of Hope orphanage center was established in 1999 by retired reverend Thomson Chipeta and it is currently taking care for more than 450 orphans and other vulnerable children at its main center and the surrounding communities in the central region border district.