Mobility challenges faced by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust area civic education coordinators (Acecs) and zone coordinators in Mangochi will now be a thing of the past, thanks to a donation of 60 bicycles.
Speaking during the handover of the bicycles in Mangochi on Saturday, Nice district civic education officer Turner Banda said the bicycles were given to the volunteers to ease their mobility.
“Nice appreciated the mobility challenges our volunteer cadres were facing when providing civic empowerment to the rural masses, particularly those living in hard-to-reach areas,” he said.
Banda said volunteers are key because they help to empower people through civic empowerment and education campaigns to take part in public life and decision-making processes.
He said:“Lack of transport for our volunteers has been a major challenge, adversely affecting empowerment. Therefore, the donation is an attempt to reach out to more people in the rural communities.”
Speaking on behalf of the volunteers, Alex Amadu, who is Acec for Mpilipili block, expressed gratitude for the donation, saying apart from motivating them to work hard, the bicycles will solve the mobility challenges they were facing.
He, however, asked Nice to consider providing them with T-shirts for easy identification in the community.
The donation was sponsored by European Union(EU). n