By: Aubrey Bunguzu
Local residents at Kachikho village have expressed gratitude to the Lutheran Hour Ministry for the multipurpose Hall project and said have been empowered to dream and uplift people’s lives in the area.
According to Group Village Headman (GVH) Penga children and women who were vulnerable to travel longer distances to schools and health centers will be relieved immediately the project is completed.
On Friday 26th June 2015, GVH Penga, a leader of more 12 smaller villages in part of Traditional Authority Mazengera in Lilongwe north east constituency says there are more than a thousand children who do not attend basic education due to longer distances to either Mphangula or Matapila Primary schools.
He adds that if young children dare crossing longer distances they became vulnerable to colds, fatigue, hunger and heavy rains in rivers.
“Because rivers flood in rainy season children are advised not to go to school or else they would be washed away.” Continues chief Penga.
The Local Development Committee (LDC) and the traditional leaders have plan to start using the building for preschool education where children will be learning English, Mathematics and Chichewa among other learning areas.
In order to uplift the lives of these children and women the LDC and local leaders dream about constructing a clean water storage at the project site and at villages where they come from to assist in reduction of water born diseases like diarrhea, dysentery and bilharzia which kill many children in Mazengera area.
Meanwhile the anti natal and village clinic are done in the church building but once the hall is finalized the villagers expect to transfer health services into the hall which will be more comfortable and spacious.
GVH Penga spoke this on behalf of his subjects and villagers at a rally held very close to the Multipurpose Hall at Kachikho Village.
The rally was organized to give farewell to International Volunteers from US after they stayed at the project site for five working days.
The rally was beautifully characterized by sharing Gospel to local people through free gifts, music, drama, speeches, Bible study and encouragement. Ministry staff and volunteers distributed 350 Bible Correspondence Course booklets to listeners for free. The rally was attended by more than 2,000 people on this day only. There were pastors, Health workers, local leaders, children, women and men participating in the rally. Mrs. Ruth Kandoje, the Chairperson presented a welcome speech on behalf of entire LHM Malawi Board.