The Joyce Banda Foundation International (JBFI) on Monday, December 15, 2014, donated hundreds of 50 KG bags of maize and blankets to students of Msigalira Free Secondary School for Orphans in Domasi,Zomba.
A senior JBFI official, Rosemary Nhlema, who was the guest of honour at the event, said the donation was part of this year’s Christmas and New Year celebrations.
“Within its objectives, JBFI provides full sponsorship to disadvantaged secondary school students, particularly orphans. Msigalira Free Secondary School for Orphans is a fully-fledged secondary school with full boarding facilities for both boys and girls,” Nhlema told the gathering.
Nhlema said JBFI founder and former president of the Republic of Malawi, Joyce Banda, who is currently in the United States, had assigned her to preside over the function at the school.
“She (Banda) is a renowned philanthropist; a mother who has the welfare of the disadvantaged people at heart. The former President and I spoke on the phone and she said while she is away, she will not let students at Msigalira go hungry during the festive season hence the donation,” said Nhlema.
Nhlema advised the students to work harder when schools reopen on January 5, 2015 so that they become useful and successful citizens in society.
“You should be aiming higher; you should become doctors, accountants, teachers, bankers and so on. The secret to this success is hard work and discipline. You must respect your teachers and guardians,” she said.
Deputy head teacher at Msigalira Free Secondary School, Charles Chikuni noted that nowadays, education “is very expensive” and that in order to achieve quality education, adequate resources have to be invested.
“We are grateful that even when education is extremely expensive, JBFI continues to run this free secondary school with adequate facilities. Apart from the provision of free education, you realized that the learning process couldn’t be smooth when students are learning on empty stomachs. As such, JBFI also provides breakfast, lunch and supper to all students. This is extremely commendable,” said Chikuni.
Speaking earlier, national director for JBFI’s Youth Movement for Development, Wyson Sumaili, said JBFI’s core objective is to assist the marginalized of the society, especially women and children, “to have access to opportunities that would help them achieve their full potential in life”.
Other senior JBFI officials at the event included Levison Mwase and Annie Bwanali, among others.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :