BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)— Hungry stricken families in Chikwawa Nkombezi Constituency sang songs of joy over the weekend, following the timely response of food relief by their Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister of Lands Abida Sidik Mia with the help of the International Organisation for Relief Welfare and Development, Muslim World League.
Over 2000 families in the area of Senior Group Malemia had benefitted from the distribution of 10 kgs bags of maize flour.
The organization also donated schoos bags to over 500 pupils at Makande Model Primary School.
In her words of appreciation, Abida Mia thanked the organisation for the quick response to the current hunger situation after she had approached them for the much needed request.
Mia who lamented over the persistent hunger situation in her area pledged that she would shortly use her own money to purchase maize and reach out the needy to ease the people’s plight in the whole constituency.
Speaking to journalists, Mia said she was thankful to the good gesture by the Muslim League by swiftly and positively responded to her request.
Pressed if this was a sign that there is hunger in the constituency, Abida Mia was non-committal but said it’s not wrong to assist the elderly and those in need.
“The Chakwera administration will be distributing maize soon and will also open ADMARC selling points where 50 kg bag of maize will be sold at reasonable price,” she said when quizzed on the state of hunger preparedness in her constituency.
Abida Mia also made a donation of school bags to Makande Model Primary School pupils, girls in particular.
The statistics of young girls being impregnated and getting married due to closure of schools by the government in order to contain the spread of the Chinese originated Covid19 virus are alarming in the country. The situation, just like it has hit most if not all districts in the country, has also not spared Chikwawa Nkombedzi Constituency where at Makande primary school alone, six standard 7 and 8 girls were confirmed by school officials to have been impregnated.
Concerned with such reports, Abida donated school bags, each bag with a package of a Mathematical Instrument, calculator, exercise books, ruler, pens, a mask and a set of colored pencils to 450 primary school learners, which saw a lion’s share of these bags going to girls.
“It’s no longer a secret that some school going girls have been impregnated due to the closure of schools which came as one way of containing the spread of covid19.
“Now that State President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has directed that schools be re-opened in early September, I thought I should encourage and excite the remnants to focus on school and work hard with this small gesture of donating school bags,” she said.
Abida Mia told the girls to look no further but to herself as their role model.
“I am a member of Parliament, Deputy Minister and married to a fine gentleman, Sidik Mia. Please work hard and focus on your education because I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had chosen to abandon basic education and embrace the institution of marriage at an early age,” she said with the intention of not bragging but to inspire them to find a reason why they should seriously pursue their education.
The Deputy Minister then thanked the Muslim World League for helping her with the school bags.
“I appealed to Muslim World League for this help and I am happy that they responded positively and timely. I therefore hope that this gesture will boost the girls’ morale at school when they re-open,” she said.
The school bags donation was made at Makande model primary and Mchenga primary, by far the largest primary schools in the constituency. She promised to reach out to other schools with a similar or different initiative depending on available opportunities.
According to the organisation’s Director, Muslim World League will reach the needy across the country regardless of religious affiliation.