Four students from Belgium universities currently in the country on different missions, on Sunday donated assorted items worth over K100 000 to orphans at Pashello Charitable Trust at Ngabu in Chikhwawa.
The items donated include plates, soap, pails and sugar. One of the students, Sarah Vergaerde, doing a masters degree research in gender and diversity with Malawi as a case study, said the items were meant to share love with the orphans who mostly have nobody to look up to for support. “Valentine is about love and we felt it was important to share the little that we have with these orphans. It is not much, but I think it is nice to spend a day like this with kids who normally do not know what is happening around them,” she said.
Executive director of Pashello Trust, Felia Malola hailed the scholars for the gesture, saying she is normally resource constrained as she uses her personal money to run the Trust. “We look after 40 orphans at the moment due to limited resources but this area has over 100 of them. We hope that with continued help from well wishers, w will be able to build a home for these children so that we keep them here, and a better learning room,” she said. The Trust provides porridge and early childhood development services
to the orphans. Last week Friday, musician Gwamba also donated K500 000 to the Trust as contribution towards construction of office space and a home for orphans.