Ten schools in Dowa District have received support to stay protected from the Covid-19 pandemic through the provision of masks, chlorine and hand-washing stations valued at £10 000 (about K10 million).
Th items as well as disinfection done in all 10 schools were provided through There is Hope under its social enterprise Kibebe with funds from the British High Commission.
Speaking when he received the items on Friday, Bzyanzi Secondary School headteacher Falless Zabuloni-Zaipa said hand-washing was a challenge at the school because they had fewer and smaller water buckets.
“The closure of schools affected our finances. So, even though we had water buckets, they were smaller; hence, the water would run out quickly. It was difficult for us to prioritise what to buy first with the little finances we had against the many needs of the school,” she said.
Recently, the British High Commission approached them, wanting to donate masks and water, sanitation, and hygiene (Wash) items for handwashing.
In an interview, Kibebe coordinator Maria Chiponde said with the £10 000 funds Kibebe has made 3 080 masks and procured items for the Wash stations at Dzaleka Refugee Camp and the 10 schools.
“From the 3 080 masks, 1 111 will be donated to the Dzaleka community while 1 969 have been donated to the 10 schools. We have also provided four wash stations with buckets to each school and 15 litres of chlorine,” she said.
On his part, Deputy British High Commissioner David Pert pledged to continue working closely with Malawi to protect and prevent people from getting infected with Covid-19.