Friends of Chileka (FOC), a group of people from Chileka in Blantyre but living across the country, has embarked on activities seeking to promote education and the environment in their home area.
FOC board of trustees chairperson Frederick Kamvazina said this on Tuesday at a ‘get together’ at Boadzulu Resort in Mangochi.
“Among others, education is our top priority. That is why we formed this group to raise funds to support schools in Chileka. In future, we intend to construct school blocks to promote education,” he said.
Besides education, Kamvazina also said the group was concerned with the rampart cutting down of trees in the area, a development that has resulted in natural disasters such as floods.
“Therefore, we decided to embark on reforestation by engaging communities,” he said.
Kamvazina said the group distributed over 7 000 tree seedlings last year to 22 schools in traditional authorities Kuntaja and Kunthembwe in Chileka.
“However, we intend to engage more people in tree planting exercise to counter climate change effects,” he said. On his part, the group’s treasurer general and development chairperson Symon Sauzande urged the members to be united to fulfil their goals.