Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

Malawi: Fish Redeem Vulnerable Souls in Rumphi - UNDP Impressed

Rumphi — United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has expressed gratitude to Chimyanga Community Rights Committee CRC in Rumphi for venturing into fish farming to help Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children (OVCs) in the community.

UNDP Programme Analyst for Democratic Governance Clemence Alfazema told Malawi News Agency (Mana) Thursday after assessment exercise carried out in the Northern Districts of Karonga, Rumphi and Mzimba respectively.

"I am generally impressed with initiatives people at community levels are taking to save their own communities the OVCs in particular," articulated Alfazema.

The programme analyst discussed further that development in any societies should be claimed both in circles of Human Rights and Physical Development by everybody if Malawi is to realize governance transformation.

"It's much pleasing to see people initiating relief projects like fish and animal farming so that the proceeds are used to save their neighborhood.

"We need to see fair trade, good education, good health enjoyed by every member of any society in the country, they should be able to claim their rights and see it fulfilled," concluded Alfazema.

He, however, extended his gratitude to project implementers Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), Development Communications Trust (DCT) and Democracy Consolidation Programme (DCP) which harmonize the whole project.

Treasurer for Chimyanga CRC Penjani Mhone said, "We recommended to organize fish farming after noticing a group or orphans staying idle at their homes due to lack of school necessities like exercise books, ball pens to name a few.

"It was pitiful to see many young children failing to access education; but is it now a closed chapter. We buy them everything and we knock every door in the villages to force every child to go to school," added Mhone.

Nonetheless, Chairman Arthur Gondwe revealed that they have now a lot of fish and that assistance was extended to other children whose parents cannot afford some requirements to their school going children.

"We have stretched out largely, now we constructed fifty fish ponds to contain 3,000 fish from the 400 we got at first. This has enabled us to scale-up our assistance to the needy," he said.

Group Village Head Jowe, thanked the DCP for mobilizing his people to solve problems affecting their lives.

"My area is hunger free; children are forced to go to school regardless of social status of their parents. I work hand in hand with Chimyanga CRC it has proved to be a very good team, many issues are now simpler than before. The DCP should accept my gratitude for helping us," expressed Jowe.

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