Flames and Be Forward Wanderers legend Joseph Kamwendo’s foundation has partnered Elephant Blocks to improve the lives of underprivileged children.
Kamwendo said since the launch of his Joseph Kamwendo Foundation (JKF), he has identified 25 youths aged between 14 and 18, especially orphans and the underprivileged to transform their lives.
He said: “We want to transform their lives not only by helping them to realise their dreams of becoming footballers and netballers, but also paying their school fees and needs.
“Besides that, I also offer motivational talks by encouraging them to work hard in school.
“So, due to financial challenges, I have been approaching companies and well-wishers to assist us and Elephant Blocks have become the first to come forward by offering to meet costs of sending at least 10 of them to school.”
Kamwendo said apart from that, Elephant Blocks Limited has also offered to teach them technical and vocational skills.
“We are doing this knowing that sport is a short-term career and we want them to have something to fall back on after their careers,” he said.
On his part, Elephant Blocks managing director Moses Busher said they partnered Kamwendo’s foundation because they were impressed with his plans to uplift the lives of the youth.
“Joseph is a role model to many youngsters who look up to him for inspiration because of his successful career as a footballer and we feel we can give back to the community by contributing towards his foundation’s plans,” he said.
Elephant Blocks are involved in concrete block manufacturing business and are based in Blantyre.
According to Kamwendo, out of the 25 youths, 17 are boys and the rest are girls.
“Out of the eight girls, four of them aspire to be netballers while the others want to pursue football career. So, we are currently discussing with a netball legend to see if she can help us drill the aspiring netballers,” he said.
Kamwendo said most of them are from Blantyre, Mulanje, Phalombe and Mchinji.