Senior Chief Kuntaja of Blantyre has asked more non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to come to his area.
He said this on Friday at Namitala in his area when Stephanos Foundation launched a five-year Stephanos Outreach Adoption Programme Project that seeks to assist school children living with extended families.
“There are over 600 NGOs in Blantyre, but only one initiates projects here here. What crime did we commit?” said Kuntaja.
The senior chief said the area lacks a number of things, including boreholes.
But Blantyre district council director of planning and development Tamanya Harawa assured the chief the council will ensure to bring projects to the area.
He thanked Stephanos Foundation for planning to initiate a number of projects in the area, including drilling a borehole.
Harawa said: “We will work together to achieve what has been planned for this area. We appeal to NGOs to develop the area which is indeed hard-to-reach.
“I also appeal to communities to provide land for development and not demand compensations or allowances.”
Stephanos Foundation international executive director Johan Van Der Ham called for collective approach in tackling the project.
“Although the world has become a dangerous place due to Covid-19, we still need to smile by living a positive life. Let us all work to the benefit of this area,” he said.