President Joyce Banda on Saturday donated 423 food packs to 423 orphaned children from Lilongwe rural areas.
The function which took place at the New State House also offered the President an opportunity to interact with the children and hear their sufferings.
Speaking after making the donation, President Banda said considering that many children in Malawi especially orphans were facing numerous challenges, she felt it necessary to take a role in assisting them.
“If there is a group that is faced with hardships then it is the orphan group, most of the times orphans are denied access to education and decent homes,” lamented the President.
She added that orphans in some homes are denied access to food and die of hunger which really shocks her heart.
“Due to that, I thought I should spare some time and interact with them here at the New State House so that I hear to their challenges and take an appropriate action that will directly benefit them,” the President said.
She further explained to have invited the children to give them food.
Meanwhile the President has called upon Malawians to combine efforts and contribute towards supporting the poor population.
She said, “Together we can help thousands of orphans who are daily facing challenges such as lack of food, school fees and school uniforms.”
Thokozani Briton who represented the children at the function said many children in the country especially orphans were going through numerous challenges.
Briton cited lack of food, school fees, decent homes and school uniforms as some of the problems children were facing.
“Madam President, I want to bring to your attention that children in this country are facing a number of problems among them, rape, hunger, and ill treatment by the people we are staying with,” Briton explained calling for help from the President.
Gender and Children Welfare Minister Anita Kalinde commended the President for inviting the children to the state house and listen to their problems, saying the Malawi Leader has obtained first-hand information to act upon.