Lilongwe — World Vision Malawi (WVM) through Gift in Kind (GIK), Thursday donated assorted items to the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare worth US$1.5 million approximately MK631 million as a support towards Early Childhood Development (ECD) initiatives.
Speaking during the handover ceremony of GIK items at WVM Head Office in Lilongwe, Minister responsible Patricia Kaliati said this is a welcome development to the ministry as it will go a long way in helping the children in rural areas.
"This support from WVM to the Government of Malawi has come at the opportune time. Apart from provision of Gift in Kind items, WVM has also helped the government particularly my ministry to build capacity of ECD care givers in its operational areas and even supporting them with the equipment that has improved the quality and effectiveness of their work," said Kaliati.
She thanked the Malawi government and its cooperating partners, for the tremendous improvements in education and maternal-newborn health especially in ECD activities and other development efforts at all various levels.
Kaliati therefore, assured people that the government is doing all it can to ensure that issues relating to gender, children's welfare, disability and social welfare are at the centre of development agenda.
"We do not have time to just sit down and beat drums over what we have achieved because there is still a lot to be done," she said.
She said her ministry is working tirelessly to ensure that children, women, men, girls, boys, persons with disabilities and the elderly were given the necessary support to improve their wellbeing.
She believed that with the support WVM renders through GIK to government the ministry will achieve more in spearheading activities to improve the welfare of children in the country.
WVM Advisory Council Chair, Evelyn Itimu said lately the Malawi government through Ministries of Health, Education and Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has benefited immensely from WVM's GIK.
"WVM has been providing Vita-meals flour to Community Based Care Centres (CBCCs) in the areas it operates in the country," said Itimu.
Amongst the items WVM has donated includes learning materials, toys, shoes, clothing and Vita-meal flour to the children in the CBCCs.