Going by the spirit of giving which is associated with the festive season, local gospel hip hop artist Gwamba on Christmas Day gave street kids from around Lilongwe a rare treat when he hosted them to a luncheon.
Under the initiative called ‘Feed the Streets’ launched in 2013, the musician had lunch with over 200 underprivileged children with Partners in Hope in area 36 as a way of giving hope to underprivileged souls.
“As we are partying and celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, we need to realise that there are some people who cannot afford nice food, drinks and clothes that are associated with this season,” said the artist.
The hip hop star, who recently switched from secular music to gospel, said for one to bring a smile on somebody’s face one does not require much but the spirit of giving which is priceless.
“Growing up I have come to understand that even though we may not have enough to change the world but we can at least create good memories for others,” he said.
Gwamba further revealed that on top of having the lunch, the Feed the Street initiative is discussing with Partners in Hope to enter into a long-term project which will bring the kids at the centre of its activities as a way of making them self-reliant.
Partners in Hope, through their Tigwilane Manja Outreach Programme, run clubs for orphans and other vulnerable children who, among other things, access free psychosocial and medical services at Partners in Hope Medical Centre.
According to programme coordinator Fortune Harawa, Partners in Hope sources funds at the end of each year to treat the children to a special meal on Christmas Day and this year it was musician Gwamba who came forward to fund the cause.
“We are also grateful because Gwamba has asked us to come up with a proposal for both short and long-term initiatives which will help us generate money to better support our orphans and vulnerable children,” he said.
The musician, who in the spirit of charity refused to disclose how much he invested in the initiative, also gave out several gifts to the children, interacted with them in a selfie-taking session and sang his popular song Zizakhala Better together with them.