Malawian gets point of light award from Queen Elizabeth

Written by  Gladys Nthenda

Corled Nkosi has received the Commonwealth Point of Light Award in honour of his exceptional voluntary service, through his construction of a hydroelectric power plant to supply electricity to his local community in Mzimba by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

 Corled Nkosi receiving certificate from Tett Corled Nkosi receiving certificate from Tett

Through his creation on the Kasangazi Hydro-Electrical Power Plant, over 2,000 people comprising 21 households, now have access to free electricity and nine businesses in his village have also benefitted from his sustainable and locally generated electricity.


Using a hydroelectric station which he made from scrap metals and other junk items, Nkosi capitalized on his self-taught electrical engineering skills, which supported the creation of two other hydroelectric power stations in nearby villages and has trained other volunteers to run and maintain them.


He was presented with a personalised certificate signed by Her Majesty the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth on 30th January 2018 by Holly Tett; UK High Commissioner in Malawi, during a meeting between the British Envoy and a group of volunteers doing inspiring work in communities across Malawi.


A statement from the Commission quoted Nkosi as having been honoured with the award.


“I am so excited to receive the Point of Light Award from the Head of Commonwealth, Her Majesty The Queen”.


“Most people would not have known me before this award, but now, through the Commonwealth, my humble project will be appreciated by many,” said Nkosi.


It further quoted Tett stressing on the need to encourage young people in addressing global challenges.


“I have really been impressed by Corled’s ingenuity and drive to achieve a better life for himself, his family and community by providing electricity.


“Inspiring young people like Corled are the future of the Commonwealth and give us all the hope that we will be able to face global challenges,” explained Tett.


This is part of an initiative by The Queen as Heads of Government are scheduled for a Meeting in London from 19-20 April, to recognize and inspire volunteers across the 52 nations for the impact they are making in their communities and beyond.


By sharing these stories of service, the Heads of States meeting will celebrate inspirational acts of volunteering across the Commonwealth, and help inspire others to make their own contribution to tackling some of the greatest social challenges.


The meeting will bring together leaders from Member countries to reaffirm common values, address shared global challenges and agree how to work to create a better future for all citizens, especially young people.

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