Henwood Foundation of the New Apostolic Church, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity, have constructed 25 houses for vulnerable people.
The houses have been constructed under a housing project called Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs). The project is aimed at improving lives of vulnerable groups, particularly orphans.
The houses have been constructed in Mzimba, Mzuzu, Nkhata Bay, Blantyre and Lilongwe and beneficiaries include orphans, the elderly and physically challenged people.
Speaking when he handed over eight of the houses in Mzimba on Friday, District Apostle, Charles Dandula, said the beneficiaries were living in dilapidated houses which were leaking during the rains and the church was concerned about their situation.
To bail out the vulnerable people, Dandula said Henwood Foundation solicited 134 000 euro (K108.5 million) from New Apostolic Church in Germany to construct the 25 houses.
Dandula also called on the public, including New Apostolic church members, to embrace the spirit of giving.
“God is the giver of everything. Most important is the life He gave us. He created everyone and He loves us the same way,” said Dandula.
Habitat for Humanity national director Amos Kalawe said the country has about 1.8 million OVCs who are in dire need and find it hard to concentrate on their education. He said it is only through support from well-wishers that the children can make it in life.
One of the beneficiaries of the houses, Agnes Chisi, a widow who can hardly support herself and her children said the houses are a big relief to the beneficiaries who never imagined themselves living in such descent houses. She commended Henwood Foundation and Habitat for Humanity for the gesture, saying it will save many lives. n