The CCAP Livingstonia Synod has embarked on a programme to train children with hearing impairment in vocational skills in the northern Malawi district of Nkhata Bay.
The Livingstonia Synod Aids Programme (Lisap) project called Community Empowerment for Sustainable Development of Children gave training materials worth K700 000 (about $2 333) to Bandawe School for the Hearing-impaired at Bandawe in Nkhata Bay to kick-start the programme on Tuesday.
At least 67 children are expected to benefit from the vocational training in carpentry and sewing.
The materials, which included 10 sets of carpentry tools, five sewing machines and rolls of cloth, were bought with funds from the Dutch Government through a Help A Child Netherlands-based non-governmental organisation.
Said project manager Charity Nyirenda: â€œWe realise that not all the hearing impaired children would get jobs and we want them to be self-employed and have a sustainable livelihood.â€