About 19 students from Chowe Community Day Secondary School, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe in Mangochi who were on the verge of dropping-out of school due to lack of school fees due to poor family backgrounds, can now afford a smile, thanks to Benaa Association for Culture and Development, a Muslim Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) for coming to their aid.
The beneficiaries are from forms one up to four and they were traced through their teachers as others already started absconding classes due to the problem.
Speaking at Kamwendo Mosque in the area when giving out the money last week Wednesday, the Organization’s Executive Director, Sheikh Chairosi Ali said the donation was made upon parents and guardians approached his organization about the plight of their children.
“We were approached by parents and guardians that their wards (children) were dropping out of school due to lack of school fees. We took it as an immediate assignment among our programmes and after pondering over it, we came up with the conclusion that we should assist them, hence, the donation,” explained Chairosi.
He said the donation also coincided with the Zakaat Month, where the Muslims are asked to give out money to vulnerable persons.
One of the teachers at Chowe CDSS, Filuza Matola said the donation by Benaa is an impetus that can propel children to work hard in their academic circles especially at a time when most parents in the district are willing to send their children to school.
“It is pleasing to note that parents in Mangochi are now sending their wards to school as they have realized the importance of education. This is excellent and the gear the parents have taken need to be propelled or supported by all players who are in the education mainstreaming,” said Matola.
Speaking in an interview after receiving the money, one of the beneficiaries, Haleel Isihah, who is in form four, expressed gratitude, promising to work hard and achieve his dream of becoming a medical doctor.
During the function, Benaa also gave out money to the elderly, orphans and other vulnerable that accumulated to over K2 million.