The Malawi Government, through the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, has commended churches and non-governmental organisations (CSOs) for supporting refugees at Luwani Camp in Neno District.
Minister Home Affairs and Internal Security Grace Chiumia made the sentiments on Thursday when she witnessed a donation of school uniforms and other items by the Blantyre Synod of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) to learners at Luwani Primary School.
The donation of 1 000 uniforms, sewing machines and Bibles was courtesy of churches in Mozambique and Scotland, in conjunction with the Jesuit Refugees Service (JRS).
The synod’s general secretary Reverend Alex Maulana pledged to continue supporting the school with materials and prayers.
“The Bible tells us of giving. We cannot just pray for them without doing something. This is why we mobilised funds totalling K10 million to support them,” said Maulana.
JRS country director Rufino Seva said he was pleased to see the school being assisted. “I am happy that people out there are supporting and remembering this school and the camp.
With an increase in the enrolment, education is being given much attention, which is good,” said Seva.
The school’s head teacher Frank Eliya was equally happy with the donation: “At first, you could easily tell a refugee learner from their dressing, but now with all the learners in uniform, everyone will look beautiful and there will be no cause for anyone failing to concentrate in class.”
Luwani Primary School has 630 Malawians and 526 refugees, mostly from Mozambique.