Written by  Mayeso Chikhadzula

Parents and guardians of children with disabilities in the country have been urged to take their children to school so that they become reliable citizens.


Spouse to the vice President,   Mary Chilima  was speaking after cheering and interacting with parents and  children with various forms of disabilities in the area of Senior Chief Chilooko in Ntchisi.


During the function, Chilima donated blankets, wheelchairs and other items to about 100 children.


Chilima said as Founder of Children First Trust,  decided to reach out to the children as one way of easing some of the challenges they face in their daily lives.


Madam Chilima also urged the parents to take a leading role in the prevention of COVID-19.


"I know of the challenges women with children with disabilities are facing hence the  support," Chilima said.


She said poverty accompanied by disability is a great challenge to any parent and guardian in the country.


She said it is worrisome that most men runaway from their responsibility after the woman gives birth to a child with disability.


On this Chilima said she will do everything possible to have the women empowered economically by doing small scale business.


District officer for the Malawi Council for the Handcapped in Ntchisi, Ivy Mtwana hailed Madam Chilima for the gesture which she said will go along way in assisting children with disabilities.


"This support will help the mother's as they face numerous challenges in taking care of these children," Mtwana said.


In the area of Senior  Chief Chilooko alone, there are 365 children with disabilities with ages ranging from 0-18years, some under the care of community based organisations.

Mary Chilima established Children First Malawi trust to promote good health, education and nutrition for Malawi's  underprivileged children with special focus on children with disabilities.

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