Some of Malawi’s best known gospel artists will take part in aninitiative to raise funds for the completion of a school block which will benefit some children in Lilongwe rural.
Under the banner Chiwamba Initiative spearheaded by journalist Gloria Masanza, a group of journalists and other professionals who saw the need to ensure that children of Tidi Village, T/A Chiwamba, are provided with a nursery school, a junior primary school and other infrastructure that befits a learning institution for young people.
“The members of Chiwamba Initiative decided to construct a 160capacity school block in Tidi village to cater for children of Chiwamba aged 2 to 6. Since the project was launched in September 2012, members of the initiative, community members of Chiwamba and institutions of goodwill have pooled together resources to build a two-roomed structure which is now at roofing level.
“It is for this purpose that Chiwamba Initiative has brought together gospel artists like Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Allan Chirwa, Elijah C,Great Angels Choir, Marvellous Deeds, Kamuzu Barracks Choir, Kelvin Shema and King David for the Kamuzu Day Gospel Concert to help in raising funds for the purchase of iron sheets, lime and cement among others,” said Joab Chakhaza, acting chairperson.
The renowned gospel artists have committed to give their best as part of their contribution towards providing the children of Chiwamba with a good education foundation.
“The gospel show will take place at the ICA Marquee on 14th May. The fundraising gospel show is a chance for music lovers around Lilongwe and surrounding areas to spend the holiday contributing to the making the lives of children of Chiwamba better.
“They say it takes a village to raise a child, we are committed as an Initiative to use our little personal resources to make a difference in the lives of young people in Chiwamba. We are grateful to institutions and individuals that have made various contributions to this philanthropic cause, but we can still benefit from more acts of benevolence to finalise the project on time,” he said.
Members of Chiwamba Initiative and the community would like to complete the structure before the start of the next school calendar in September, 2013.
So far institutions like Toyota Malawi have assisted Chiwamba Initiative at a critical stage of the project and now Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) has also pledged K500 000 (about $1 250).