Zathu pa Wailesi refurbishes Lilongwe Community Ground: Girl Effect Malawi

Two months after Zathu pa Wailesi launch, Girl Effect Malawi, the producers of the radio show returned to Lilongwe Community Ground to donate assorted furniture items that will enable girls and boys who use the facility to excel in their studies.

Girl Effect Malawi Board Chairperson Rachel Sibande.
National Library Services Deputy National Librarian Vote Somba
Lilongwe Community Ground Hall wearing a new face

The donated furniture included 15 study tables, 62 benches, 6 shelves, 45 stools, an office desk and an outdoor canopy made from the massive wooden stage that hosted Zathu Band, Faith Mussa, Sangie, Rina and many others during the zathu pa Wailesi launch.

Speaking at the handover ceremony on Wednesday, Girl Effect Malawi Board Chairperson Rachel Sibande said the organisation saw the need to renovate and donate the furniture after seeing that the facility was in a dilapidated state.

“Gift Effect Malawi exists to create a new normal with and for girls. With support from boys, an educated girl child is destined for greater things. Other improvements that Zathu pa Wailesi has undertaken include fixing non-functioning toilets, painting of rusty spectator stands, painting the main hall, fitting new windows and repairing leaky pipes,” Sibande said.

She added that renovating Lilongwe Community Grounds would create the vibe and educational/sports spaces that youths need to create a fun environment where boys and girls can come together as friends and learn from each other.

National Library Services Deputy National Librarian Vote Somba described the donation of study tables, shelves and renovating the library as vital to the development of education and reading culture in the country.

“The Lilongwe Community Ground’s library is one of the most important libraries in the city. People from Falls area, area 36 and other surrounding areas come here to study,” Somba said.

He was quick to point out that this wasn’t the first time Girl Effect Malawi had worked with National Library Services.

He added, “Last year, Girl Effect Malawi renovated National Library headquarters. They also donated chairs and rehabilitated some old furniture.

“We have 17 branches across the country. We have different programs which we are undertaking in our libraries. We would like to plead to Girl Effect Malawi to continue supporting us. We hope our partnership will continue growing from strength to strength.”

In his remarks, Lilongwe Community Grounds Warden Henry Sakala expressed gratitude for the renovation and donation.

“Our library is always visited by youths who come to study. It is small and the study tables were old. We are privileged to have the outdoor canopy fixed. It will help fix overcrowding problems,” Sakala said after taking invited guests and the media on a tour around the ground.

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