Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) has revealed plans that it intends to construct a girls’ hostel at Mbombwe Community Day Secondary School in the area of Sub – Traditional Authority Chiunda in the district to promote girl education.
MRCS Assistant Projects Officer, Chisomo Banda made the disclosure Friday at a District Committee Meeting (DCP) at Mbombwe Primary School hall aimed at reviewing progress reports from various sectors which MRCS work with in implementing Community Resilience Project.
She said the site and design of the hostel would be suggested by the community members and the district committee and the community members would be required to contribute construction materials like bricks, sand and quarry.
“The construction of the girls’ hostel will commence in January next year and all we will require from the community is a contribution of bricks and sand,” the assistant Projects officer added.
She said once completed the hostel would ease the challenges girls at the school face in terms of accommodation, which at times, subject them to a number of abuses.
Masanje Area Development Committee Vice Chairperson, Omar Kalonga hailed MRCS for the project, which he said, was long overdue.
“We have been looking forward to the day we would hear about such good news because our girls at the school are forced into self – boarding which is not safe,” he said.
“We are ready to mobilize the communities surrounding the school to contribute the said materials and we all look forward to seeing the project taking shape come January,” the Vice Chairperson assured.
Kalonga, therefore, described MRCS as ‘mother of all organizations implementing various projects in the area,’ in view of the impact of the interventions.
The meeting tackled the Mangochi – Masanje Road which has no bridges at some points among them, Kwisinje and Mbombwe rivers respectively, which makes it impassable during the rainy season.
Kwisinje Village Development Committee Chairperson, Kassi Majiga said community leaders in the area had done all they could to engage relevant authorities including parliamentarians to look into the matter but nothing had materialized.
MRCS Assistant Projects Officer said they would engage one of its partners at district level, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) to initiate an interface meeting between the community, local leaders and the council to find lasting solutions.
MRCS is implementing Community Resilience Project in 177 villages in the area of Traditional Authority Chowe and Sub – Traditional Authority Chiunda with 85 schools under the project.
Among other interventions the society is implementing include afforestation, water, sanitation and hygiene.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :