By: Vincent Gunde
DOWA TO FLY MACOHA NATIONAL FLAG WEEK
On 9th November, this year, Dowa district will hold Malawi Council for the Handicapped ( MACOHA) Flag Week Open Day.
Every year, MACOHA organizes the event to raise awareness and funds for supporting persons with disabilities in the country.
Dowa District Council’s task force for the national event proposed that the function be held in the area of Chief Dzoole’s headquarters in the district, one of the areas where drop out rate of children in schools is very high due to the presence of many tobacco estates.
Pic: MACOHA s Vice chairperson for the Flag Week, Eunious Chirwa…. we are targeting 300 needy and deserving secondary school students with disabilities
Briefing the District executive council committee at a meeting held at the boma in Dowa, MACOHAs Vice chairperson for the Flag Week, Eunious Chirwa, said her organization is targeting 300 needy and deserving secondary students with disabilities from day and boarding schools with fees.
Chirwa further said MACOHA has developed a budget of 6 million Kwacha for the needy secondary school students with disabilities starting with the form ones, and if funding continues, sponsorship will carter for students in other classes until they finish their form four.
” ….If there will be adequate funding, other needy and deserving students with disabilities in forms 2, 3 and 4s will also be supported with fees….” said Chirwa.
She expressed hope that stakeholders in the district will support the national event in raising awareness and resource mobilization to support the needy secondary school students with disabilities across the country.
In his remarks, Dowa District Council’s Acting Director of Planning and Development, Yusuf Laki, assured MACOHA that the council is ready to hold such a big event expressing hope and trust that the task force formed for the event will deliver in the interest of all.
This year’s MACOHA Flag Week ,will be held under the theme ” Education:- key to socio- economic development for persons with disabilities…. “.