Mana Nr 10
By Grace Kapatuka -Mana.
Ladies Lounge Ministry in conjunction with Malawi Widows Association (MAWIA) on Wednesday cheered up widows in Salima where they also donated assorted items worth over K900,000 in Traditional Authority Kambwiri.
Speaking after making the donation, Founder of Ladies Lounge ministry Natasha Nalikungwi said their grouping was engaged in a week long prayers thanking God for the Malawi nation as well as for every woman and later thought of holding a thanks giving event to celebrate with fellow women and donate some items.
“As a ministry we had prayers and fasting for seven days thanking God for our nation and our women. After the prayers we thought we could celebrate with our women who do not have husbands by cheering them up and of course donate a few items to them so that reduce the challenges that they meet in their everyday life,” said Nalikungwi.
She said their coming was to deliver a message of goodwill to the widows that they are not alone and encourage them that there are also women who think about them in the country.
“We know that as widows they face a lot of challenges in their everyday lives and that they have responsibilities as women. Our coming was to try to lessen their suffering through the donated items and encourage them that they have friends out there who also cares,” she said.
Board Chairperson of MAWIA and Former Principal Secretary in civil service Andrina Mchiela thanked Ladies Lounge ministry for a timely donation to the widows which she said has come at the right time when women are suffering due to COVID 19 pandemic.
“I would like to sincerely thank them for bailing out these women. It is indeed a timely donation considering the period we are in where businesses of these women have been affected with the COVID 19 pandemic. They are really in dire need of help since some most of them have no means of getting food and other basic need,” said Mchiela.
Mchiela advised the widows to make sure that they use the items they received properly and with gratitude.
She said widows are disadvantaged because after losing a husband they face a lot of challenges in terms of getting finances and have to look after orphans and themselves which she said makes their lives difficult.
“With their situations, we thank God when you have such groupings holding their hands. This is really a commendable gesture by Ladies Lounge,” said Mchiela.
The donated items included second hand clothes, maize flour, toothpaste and washing soap.
Ladies Lounge Ministry engages themselves in different activities and events which include praying together, counselling on issues of marriage, discussing challenges facing women and charity work, with membership from across the country.