Over 70 women nationwide, have teamed up to raise resources to buy sweaters for primary school pupils to keep them warm during the winter season.
Trading under the banner Keep the Children Warm, the women have so far donated 190 sweaters to pupils at Naotcha Primary School in Blantyre.
Today, they are set to present 257 sweaters to Chiradzulu Primary School before presenting assorted clothing to newborns at Chiradzulu District Hospital.
The group’s leader Chikondi Ngwira said the goal of Keep the Children Warm is to ensure that no pupil fails to go to school because they lack a sweater.
“As a group, we pool resources together and we encourage the members to contribute clothes. But where members contribute cash, we use it to buy second-hand clothes,” she said.
According to Ngwira, the initiative has exposed how grave the situation is.
“We have only been to two schools where we discovered that over 400 are in dire need of warm clothing. Now imagine how the situation is across the country. We would love to reach out to more schools across the country, but that will depend on the availability of funds and resources,” she said.
“Our wish is to donate out to learners every week so that we reach 1 000 learners before winter is over. But like I said, all that depends on the availability of resources.” n