The Church and Society Programme (CSC) of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Synod of Livingstonia has withdrawn 30 under-aged girls from marriage in Mzimba North.
Speaking during the handover of six maize mills to 18 community-based organisations (CBOs) CSC is working with, CSC project officer Leah Mvula said the organisation is committed to achieve its goal of ensuring that children grow up healthy and in a safe environment.
She said the maize mills will be used to generate income for the CBOs to continue supporting the girls.
“By donating these maize mills, we are empowering the communities here to continue claiming and defending the rights of children even if the project phases out. Using the funds they will be getting from the mills, we are sure that they will continue fulfilling the project goals,” said Mvula.
Speaking on behalf of Senior Chief Mpherembe, Inkosana Malidadi Jere admitted that early marriages remain a big challenge in the area.
He pleaded with CSC to extend its reach to all villages in Mzimba North.
“Let me thank Church and Society for the wonderful support that is protecting our children. It will be better, however, to extend your reach to all villages in Mzimba,” he said.
Church and Society board member Reverend William Mumba urged the CBOs leaders to take care of the maize mills.