Malawi Girl Guides Association (Magga) members at Catholic University of Malawi (Cunima) on Wednesday held a motivational talk with pupils at Chimvu Primary School in Thyolo where they also donated 3 000 face masks.
Apart from the motivational talk, the girls, who also included other non-Magga members from Cunima, engaged the pupils in several activities and talks on gender-based violence.
In an interview on the sidelines of the event, Cunima Magga director Patricia Nyirongo said motivational talks and the donation were part of their mentorship programme.
She said: “We, young leaders of Magga, decided that we should make this donation of the masks and soap here at the institution because we felt the need to do so.
“There are many pupils that do not have such a privilege to have face masks and have information on issues to do with gender-based violence.”
Nyirongo said Magga members from the university provided the materials for making the face masks, all of which were sewn by one of the members, Maureen Makuwira.
Apart from the face masks, the students also donated soap to both the pupils and the staff as part of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
In a separate interview, Chimvu Primary School deputy head teacher Collins Maoli commended the students for the donation, saying it will go a long way in helping both the staff and the pupils.
“Most of our pupils here do not have access to these face masks and the soap, which has been a challenge, so this donation will help quite a lot and we are thankful,” he said.