FAM donates assorted Items to Ekwendeni School for visually impaired

Written by  Alex Mwangosi

The learning is expected to improve at Ekwendeni School for the Visually Impaired in Mzimba district following a donation of a Brail Embosser and other items worth 7 million kwacha from the Football Association of Malawi- FAM.

Hara (second from left) making symbolic presentation Hara (second from left) making symbolic presentation

FAM reached out to the school with assorted items with the money realized from the 2018 FAM charity shield played in Lilongwe involving Nyasa Big Bullets, Be forward Wanderers, Silver and Kamuzu Barracks.

Speaking after presenting the donation FAM second vice president Othaniel Hara said the soccer governing body has an obligation to assist the less privileged in the country.

“As you know the President Water Nyamilandu in his manifesto, said he would introduce a charity shield to assist the needy in the country. Last time we assisted Queen Elizabeth Central hospital in Blantyre, then Kamuzu Central hospital and this time we have come to Ekwendeni School for the Visually Impaired as our corporate social responsibility,” explained Hara.

On the question of the delay in presenting the items, FAM second Vice President clarified that the Brail Embosser which was purchased outside Malawi was the reason for the delay.

“Yes we have delayed but it is because the Brail Item which we ordered from Europe since it is not found locally. And we thought we cannot come without this item to this institution,” admitted Hara.

Receiving the donation, The CCAP Synod of Livingstonia Education Secretary Reverend Vincent Kaluwa thanked FAM for responding to their needs.

“We have been having a lot of problems in purchasing the embosser for a long time so what FAM has done to give us an Embosser and other items is answering our prayers,” said Rev Kaluwa

And the Education Division Manager for the North Temwa Msiska said the Embosser will greatly assist in facilitating the learning among the visually impaired learners at the school.

“You know these learners can`t see but use their fingers to read the symbols so the Brail embosser will really assist both learners who are visually impaired and teachers. The Head teacher here told me that they could only dictate to such learners during examinations which is hectic,” said Temwa Msiska.

FAM introduced the Charity shield in 2015 with the aim of finding money for its corporate social responsibility in the country.

Apart from the Embosser, FAM donated fifteen 50kg Bags of rice, fifty five bells of SOYA pieces, a carton of brail papers, fifty five cartons of sunshine soap and fifteen blankets.

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