Malawian supporters for the English Premier League side, Liverpool on Friday donated sanitary pads worth K500,000 for needy girls at Namalimwe Primary School in Ndirande, Blantyre in collaboration with the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Girl Empowerment Network.
Convenor for the official handover ceremony Raffique Maru said the Malawian Liverpool fans formed a social media whatsapp group, whose motive was to share their analysis, updates, joys and of their favourite English Premier League and during one open chat, one member Chris Kapanga suggested that they should contribute some money towards donating to a worthy cause.
“One member, Abdul Mukadam, suggested that we link up with the NGO, Girl Empowerment Network, which specialises in helping needy school girl pupils and in turn the NGO proposed that we should think of buying sanitary pads for girl pupils,” Maru said.
“We were appraised that most needy girls in primary school usually miss almost a week of classes every month because they lack sanitary pads. They cannot comfortably go for classes in their conditions because they are filled with apprehension that they might be teased.
“In fact, we all know this is a deep embarrassment for girls, and to any woman to be caught in such a situation without sanitary pads. And the fact that some girls miss almost a week of classes every month because they are experiencing their monthly [menstruation] periods, prompted us to agree with Girl Empowerment Network to consider targeting buying the sanitary pads.
“So, we bought the sanitary pads and Girl Empowerment Network, through Tamara Mhango identified Namalimwe Primary School. We were very touched at how we were welcome by the girls at the school and the girls’ coordinator Mrs Mercy Mwale told us that they usually keep some clean pieces of cloth as emergency first aid remedy.
“But still that is not what these girls should go through,” Maru continued. Mrs Mwale thanked us for what we provided will go a long way to assist the girls not to miss classes. Missing five to six days of classes every month can surely affect any students academic progress.”
He said the donation will benefit over 181 girl students and he added that they hope other well-wishers might consider partnering with the NGO, Girl Empowerment Network to see how best they can assist needy girl students in the primary schools across the country.
“We were also impressed that Girl Empowerment Network also strives to inspire girls who dropped out of school because they fell pregnant to resume their education once they deliver. Mrs Mercy Mwale told us that she is coordinator of a mother group which brings back to school all girl students, who fell pregnant and delivered their children,” he said.
Maru says the WhatsApp Malawian Liverpool FC fans, that have over 20 members in various professions and in top positions in the corporate world and government, shall endeavour to do more charity work of this nature.
“We are not the first to do this—we only followed what others have done before but we want to create an epidemic where everyone else would start thinking of the needy girl child and do something about it. It’s not that expensive to touch the lives of others,” Maru said.
A couple of weeks ago, another whatsapp group of Malawian supporters for Manchester United donated various medical items especially for the theatre at Kamuzu Centre Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe as one way of giving back to society during the festive season.
Spokesperson Allan Chinula said after forming whatsapp group, whose motive is just like that of the Liverpool fans, decided add some more value by to celebrating Christmas doing something good for the community.
They managed to raise MK1.2 million that they used to buy the medical items and they also pledged that they intend to continue it and assist the needy in various ways.
He said the group is growing strong and that they nominate each other as way of recruitment.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :