Blantyre District Social Welfare Officer, Stephano Joseph, has asked Early Childhood Development (ECD) caregivers to support children living with disabilities as they deliver their work.
“Much as all children need special care, children living with disabilities need your special support. If you support them at this stage, they will become self-reliant and productive citizens. These children need your care,” he said, at the closing ceremony of a five-day refresher training for ECD caregivers for Blantyre and Machinga districts.
In his remarks, Country Representative for Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) George Alufandika, encouraged the ECD caregivers to continue supporting children in their communities even after their project phases out.
“We have provided this training to equip you with more knowledge so that you may continue with this noble work after our project ends. I know that as part of this project, we provided you with some incentives which will no longer be there. Don’t be discouraged but do this for the benefit of our children. If we engaged you, there is a high likelihood of many other opportunities for you, if you keep being active in your work,” he said.
REPSSI and Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) have been implementing a three-year programme, enhancing ECD for children born
from adolescent mothers in Blantyre and Machinga districts.
The organisation have been assisting in running eight Community Based Child Care Centres (CBCCs), four in each district since 2020 with funding from Comic Relief Project.
Reported by Kondwani Chinele, MBC Online Services.