Kasungu — As one way of showing commitment to eliminate child labour in the tobacco growing district of Kasungu, Plan Malawi has supported the District's Child Labour Committee (DCLC) with K5 million.
The Money was part of 20 Million Kwacha Plan Malawi pledged to give the DCLC and this was the last chunk after the committee already got K15million.
DCLC Chairperson Yolamu Chiwanda thanked Plan Malawi for living up to its promise of supporting the committee in eliminating child labour.
Chiwanda said the money from Plan Malawi has assisted in implementing activities towards the elimination of child labour.
"Without Plan we couldn't have made any efforts in eliminating child labour which was a big problem in the district due to its tobacco farming,
"The Kasungu DCLC has done a lot, a thing which couldn't have happened if we didn't got any support from Plan Malawi," said Chiwanda.
District Labour Officer Olive Panyanja said the entire success story in eliminating child labour is there because there are funds to do the job and thanked Plan Malawi for being there.
"We cannot fight this malpractice without funds and I am grateful for what Plan has done. I urge Plan Malawi to continue supporting the DCLC because we are on the map with our efforts because of Plan Malawi," said Panyanja.
Plan Malawi Area Manager for Kasungu Herbert Chidaya hailed the 4 year partnership that has been there between Plan Malawi and Kasungu DCLC.
Chidaya said he appreciates the work of the DCLC a thing which has made Kasungu's child protection structures to be recognized.
"Child protection is the foundation of Plan Malawi and children have rights which fall under child protection. As Plan Malawi we can't do everything alone that is why there was that need to work with the DCLC in the area of child protection," said Chidaya.
Chidaya said dealing with Child Labour has to be a continuous process and as Plan Malawi they will sit down to see what can be done to help the DCLC saying he expects to continue working with the committee.
Plan Malawi committed K20 million in 2010 to help the DCLC's initiatives in which it was giving in chunks over the four year period.