Social Work Students from the Catholic University of Malawi last Saturday, made a donation of assorted items to orphans and vulnerable children from Mulanje district who are under Titukulane Community Based Organisation (CBO) as part of their commemoration of Social Work month which is commemorated during the whole month of March.
Speaking during the donation ceremony, District Social Welfare Officer for Mulanje district, Martha Mkisi applauded the gesture by social welfare students from the Catholic University of Malawi towards the orphans and the vulnerable children in the district saying the students have demonstrated what they learn in class in as far as social work is concerned which is having the love for others.
“We are really grateful to the Catholic University of Malawi, to be specific, students from the social work department for mobilizing resources and coming to assist children who are orphans and vulnerable in our district. The donation will go along away in making a difference in the lives of these children as they grow to be responsible citizens of this country” said Mkisi.
Head of Social Work Department at the University Agnes Kambala said the social workers believe that children’s welfare must be looked at in different areas that include; proper shelter, food, and clothing hence the donation to the children.
“We are very happy that we have managed to come here and donate to these children. We believe this donation will go along away in addressing some of the challenges that these children might have been facing” said Kambala.
She added that the social workers from the university have also urged parents and guardians of the orphans and vulnerable children who came to receive the donation to desist from sending the children into early marriages and that they must give protection to them from people who might lure their future.
Speaking on behalf of the students, Vice-President of the Students Union Ireen Tembo social workers are trained to be responsible to the people in various communities around the World hence the gesture.
Tembo then urged people to learn to come to the help of other people who might be in need of their help.
Over fifty orphans and vulnerable under Titukulane CBO under Traditional Authority Mabuka in Mulanje district were reached out with maize flour, sugar, clothes, salt, soya soya pieces, laundry, and bathing soap just to list some items but a few.
Each year, social workers around the globe, celebrate social work month in March to commemorate their positive contribution to their communities. This year, the month of March was celebrated by social workers under the theme: “Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind”