VP Chilima commends Rodger Federer for children’s education project in Malawi

Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima on Monday commended Tennis superstar, Rodger Federer for supporting the country’s early children development programs.

Chilima with Federer after the tennis star had paid a courtesy call

Chilima with Federer after the tennis star had paid a courtesy call

Chilima, Federer and other officials in a phioto opportunity

Chilima, Federer and other officials in a phioto opportunity

Speaking when Federer paid a courtesy call to the vice president, Chilima said he was “very happ”y about various social programs which the tennis champion is undertaking in Malawi through his charity foundation,

Chilima thanked Federer for finding time to visit Malawi saying:  “Some of us have followed your sterling career in tennis and it is a dream come true that you are with us today.”

The Malawian vice president, a sportman himself who plays tennis and golf in his free time, said the financial assistance to Malawi cannot be taken for granted.

“On behalf of President Arthur Peter Mutharika and the people of Malawi, I would like to express my profound gratitude to you for the financial support which your foundation gives to Malawi in support of the government’s integrated Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme,” said Chilima.

Chilima said he was happy to learn that Federer’s organization has embarked a 10 year Comprehensive Early Childhood Development Programme in the six districts of Nsanje, Machinga, Rumphi, Chitipa, Lilongwe and Ntchisi.

In the programme the foundation is expected to build model ECD centres.

“What is pleasing is that 50 centers have already been constructed,” pointed out Chilima.

“I am further informed that financial assistance from the  foundation also supports health and sanitation, nutrition, stimulation materials, parenting education and support.

“The foundation’s financial support to Malawi is greatly improving the Integrated Early Childhood Development service delivery which, in turn, is improving the lives and well-being of thousands of poor and vulnerable children,” said Chilima.

Chilima appealed to development partners and other stakeholders to support the Malawi Government’s efforts in investing heavily in Integrated Early Childhood Development mainly by among other things help in construction of ECD infrastructure; capacity building of caregivers, centre management committees, parents; and provision of nutritious meals to children, among other interventions, require substantial  financial resources for which support is needed.

Prior to the VP statement, Minister of Gender, elderly , disability and social welfare, Patricia Kaliati, spoke in praise of Federer activities in Malawi.

Federer jetted in Malawi Sunday for a one week visit where he undertook various ECD Programmes

Working with international charity Action Aid, Federer’s foundation has been working in six districts in Malawi since 2011 and aims to reach 135,000 children by 2021.

“I think it’s really important that every child should have this opportunity, so I am trying to help as much as I can,” he said.

Child malnutrition is a pressing issue in Malawi, where more than half of children aged between 18 and 23 months suffer from stunted growth, according to a recent study.

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Mike Neverest Phiri
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bola zikhaledi zothandiza anawo maphunziro osati kkumangira nyumba zawo paja tinaxolowera kuba.

jimbo
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Let’s just hope that some greedy local administrators don’t begin syphoning money off for their own use. Madonna’s well intentioned good work came to nothing because of corruption by those charged with managing her projects. There are others who would love to help Malawi but are put off by the corruption in the country.

victor kanchisi
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Thanks that Kaliati did not speak long enough, as she would have started castigating donors

Mwana Mai
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As long as Roger Federer is not going to be dribbled, that is a right move in the right direction. A couple of years ago another celebrity in the name of Madonna was duped by a country chief executive together with her whole family in the name – “Kutakata” up to a point where the celebrity was shamelessly illtreated by government agents. Hopefully DPP learnt some civil uprightness from this.

Nansani wa chingoni
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Tsono pa TVM news chithuzi cha Amayi chinabwera bwanji nkhani yake osaifotokoza?

Davie Damiano
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Thats good development, start with Education it’s good idea because Education is key of develoment.
Thankyou R Feder, i held the Interveiw thats nice to say first you put forward on Education their after you look Tenins as a sports thankyou you are most welcome.

Davie Damiano
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Thats good development, start with Education it’s good idea because Education is key of develoment.
Thankyou R Feder, i held the Interveiw thats nice to say first you put forward on Education their after you look Tenins as a sports thankyou you are most welcome

titus Scoti
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May God bless Federer! God gives us wealth to assist others. Achuma onse akanati azitere, bwenzi zikoma!

Ken Mwambo
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A very humble and exemplary sportsman using his wealth for a better cause. I hope many other international stars are using their riches to reach out to those in need.

George phiri
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Thats Chilima for me akakhala anganga kukonda ma bottle store ku Ndirande basi

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