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Government has assured development partners that it is committed to work with them to ensure that Malawi develops. Minister responsible for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Mary Thom Navicha made the remarks during the official closing of World Vision’s Mutendere Area Programme in Paramount Chief Mbelwa’s area Mzimba.

She commended World Vision Malawi for the various interventions the organization has implemented in the area. She added that government acknowledges the contribution World Vision has made in addressing people’s needs in the areas of health, education, food security, clean and portable water, child protection and child protection.

“Through this programme, World Vision has provided 228 boreholes (211 new and 17 rehabilitated), constructed 40 classrooms, trained over 2000 farmers in various farming practices and assisted communities in time of disasters. This is commendable for the development of this country,” she said.

Navicha appealed with the Mutendere community to be self-reliant and use the knowledge and support received to keep developing the area. The Minister further appealed to traditional and religious leaders to ensure that children are staying in school and not get into marriages.

Director of Programmes at World Vision Malawi Charles Chimombo said that and that he is happy that with the way the programme has been run.

“Today I am happy because WV has achieved the goals it set out to do. World Vision was established 50 years ago with a vision to assist children and their families. Our work therefore is to change the lives of people. What we have seen here in Mutendere is indeed complete transformation,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries of the programme Sylvester Nkhoma said that he has benefited a lot from the programme. Nkhoma who is a farmer said that his life has changed from poverty to self-sustenance through the programme.

“I now have cattle, chickens and my farm is thriving. I have moved from extreme poverty and now, I am self-reliant. I am able to provide for my family and also send my children to school. Even though this programme has come to an end. I am not worried, because I will utilize the skills that have been imparted to me and continue on the path that I no am on,” he said.

The programme has been closed after being in operation for 23 years in the Mutendere area.