Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare on Christmas Eve organised a special lunch for street children and orphans in Lilongwe.
Deputy Minister Grace Kwelepeta led the celebration organised jointly with Youth Net and Counselling (Yoneco).
Speaking in an interview, she said the feast was in the spirit of Christmas, which is about sharing and love.
“The ministry recognises that the festive season is a time to interact with different people, including the under-privileged, as Christmas brings people together,” Kwelepeta said.
She also commended the Lilongwe Social Rehabilitation Centre for sheltering children without homes.
In a separate interview, the centre’s manager Peter Magomero said he was pleased with the ministry’s gesture.
“Even though we face challenges, we are thankful to many stakeholders and government for helping us out,” he said.
Magomero said they provide three meals a day to the children unlike in the past when they offered one meal.
“However, we ask for more well-wishers and stakeholders to come forward with support to the centre,” he said.
Moses Mwalabu, who was raised by the centre and was invited back as a role model, also appealed to well-wishers to support the children.
He challenged children at the centre to pursue education.
The day-long event also included children from Tikondane and Chisomo homes.