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Stephanos Foundation holds open day

Stephanos Foundation holds open day

Blantyre-based childcare centre, Stephanos Foundation, on Friday organised an open day to show communities around Chileka what the centre is doing.

Stephanos Executive Director, Clifford Kuyokwa, underscored the need for the corporate world to help the institution in ensuring that children grow into responsible citizens.

Kuyokwa said, over the years, the centre has helped to provide education to vulnerable children around the area.

He said although the centre receives support from Dutch philanthropists, surging prices have resulted in the centre finding itself in a deficit situation.

“We have a primary school here but we do not have a secondary school. So, most of the times, we have to send students to secondary schools across the country.

“Rising tuition fees in many schools has often resulted in increased pressure on our budget; hence, the need for corporate support,” Kuyokwa said.

He hailed National Bank of Malawi, which recently donated K5 million worth of items to the institution.

During the open day, the institution showcased things it is producing at its technical college.

Speaking on behalf of the children, Ruth Dila, currently studying with the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, thanked Stephanos for the support rendered to children.

Member of Parliament for the area, Peter Kumpalume, hailed Stephanos Foundation for improving the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in the area.

The former Health minister urged the children to work hard in class so that they grow into responsible citizens who can contribute to the growth and development of the country

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