Bwaila Lions Club has paid for passports for Verosta Mbewe and her ailing son to enable Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) put the five-year-old boy on a waiting list of beneficiaries of external medical help in India.
The club’s president George Mpaso said the gesture followed a request by Mbewe who could not pay for the processing of the passports because of financial challenges.
Mpaso also said the K90 000 paid for the passports was raised by the club’s membership.
Upon receipt of the two passports, Mbewe was grateful that the first step towards accessing medical care for her son’s heart condition had been taken.
“I was told that my son’s heart had a hole and he had to go to India to meet experts. For us to access government support, we needed to have passports that is when I thought of approaching the Lions for support,” she said.
According to him, this is not the first time the club has helped people.
The club is also involved in education, sanitation and other areas of philanthropic work.