President Peter Mutharika has commended The Hunger Project for its holistic approach in empowering people in Malawi’s communities.
He said the global movement is “not just providing our communities fish, but teaching them how to fish and making them self-reliant in the long term.”
Mutharika said this at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre yesterday when he had an audience with The Hunger Project board of directors who are in the country for a high-level conference on May 15.
The President said he believes the organisation’s approach is the most sustainable for developing countries to assist wean themselves from the spirit of dependency.
Said Mutharika: “I am also happy to hear that you are now working with a total of 264 000 people in 10 epicentres in six districts in Malawi. I am particularly pleased to hear that one of your 10 epicentres, Champiti in Ntcheu District, where you have been working since 2007, will in 2016 be declared ‘self-reliant’.
“This is commendable because the ultimate goal of every NGO’s work should be to ensure that the communities they work with are empowered to the level they can manage on their own.”
Speaking in an interview after the audience with the President, The Hunger Project president and chief executive officer AsaSkogstromFeldt said her organisation works in eight countries across Africa and their main goal is to ensure that the countries step up their goals to alleviate hunger and poverty.
Said Feldt: “It is important for government to be inclusive and let people drive the system.”