Hope Ministries International (Homi) with support from Poems for Parliament (PFP) recently organised awareness campaign activities in the outskirts of Lilongwe on the need for communities to avoid overpopulation.
The activities took place in Group Village Headman Mabwera, Malingunde Extension Planning Area (EPA), under Traditional Masumbankhunda in Lilongwe.
Held under the theme ‘Think Green , control overpopulation,’ among others, the awareness campaign aimed at reminding the communities on the need to control family sizes as one way of reducing burden on natural resources.
Speaking during the event, Homi head of operations for the ministry Blessings Mlowoka said it was imperative for the organisation to preach the message of environmental protection considering that the country continues to face serious challenges emanating from climate change.
“Due to issues of climate change, we want to engage young learners to be part and parcel of this challenge as there are many effects of climate change like diseases, deaths, loss of property and so on,” he said.
On his part, one of the board members of Hope Ministries International Pike N’goma said he was overwhelmed with the turnout during the event which included a workshop involving over 100 community members as well as a football bonanza involving two community clubs.
While encouraging all communities to take part in conserving their environments, N’goma also thanked PFP) for providing financial support towards the awareness campaign.
Speaking separately, group village headman Mabwera thanked both Homi and PFP for bringing in his area what he described a ‘memorable event’ and vowed that as a leader, he will make sure that his subjects protect the surrounding natural resources.
Homi is a non-profit nongovernmental organisation established to bring equal hope to the hopeless and is working with communities on indigenous agro-forestry systems in Lilongwe and Dowa district