RELIGION

CCAP YOUTH FELLOWSHIP DONATES TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

By Wanangwa Tembo – Mana
Kasamba Christian Youth Fellowship of the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia in Lilongwe has donated various items to children with cerebral palsy and other physical impairments at Kachere Centre under Uhuru Child Care
Organisation in Kasungu.

Speaking on Sunday after handing over the items which included a wheelchair, food, clothes, and learning materials worthy K1.6 million, team leader for the fellowship,Tionge Kita, said his group was concerned with the plight of such children.

He said there is a gap in terms of support rendered to less privileged people since government has myriad financial obligations hence the need for the Christian youths to gang up and help close the gap.

‘As Christians, we follow the teachings of Jesus Christ so we carry out various charity deeds in line with the bible teachings which encourage faithfuls to reach out to the vulnerable.

“There are a lot of problems in communities which the government alone cannot manage. So it must be everyone’s responsibility to help the underprivileged,” Kita said.

Executive Director for Uhuru Child Care Organisation, Maulidi Kijangwa, thanked the youth fellowship for the support which he said will assist the children to access education easily.

He said children with impairments are facing numerous problems such as mobility, finances and inclusion.

Kijangwa called on government to put in place policies that would encourage players in the education sector to align their projects with the needs of children with impairments arguing most of the facilities in schools are not user friendly for such children.

“We must forbid acts that discriminate against children with impairments. There are so many things today that impede such children from mixing up with community,” he said.

Headteacher for Kachere School, Kondwani Phiri, said the school finds it hard to handle children with impairments because it lacks adequate special needs personnel and learning materials.

“The school was not built to accommodate children with impairments as you can see its structures. We also do not have learning materials suitable for them which makes it hard for the school to provide equitable services,” Phiri said.

Uhuru Child Care Organisation was founded in 2018 and has over 100 children with various forms of impairments including cerebral palsy – a condition that prevents the brain from sending signals to other body parts.
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