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The Minister for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Honourable Mary Thom Navicha MP has this morning received a cheque worth 1.26 million kwacha from the Chinese government as a contribution towards addressing challenges faced by the girl child affected by the 2019 cyclone Idai.

Speaking at the official handover of the cheque at the Ministry’s Capital Hill offices in Lilongwe, the Minister said the donation will go a long way in addressing the needs of the girl child.

Most of the girls need financial support towards school fees, accommodation, school uniform and many other items that a girl requires to successfully complete her studies without unnecessary pressure. Therefore, the donation will be used to meet the needs of the girl child and in providing the psychosocial support,” she said.

The minister also underscored that when a disaster strikes, the future of most of the girls is doomed and development of the country is at stake.

“Disasters exposes the girl child to various vulnerabilities including gender based violence, sexual abuse and harassment, inequalities and early child marriages and unplanned pregnancies as well as exposure to high risky diseases such HIV/AIDS. All these hinder the girl child from continuing with her education,” Navicha said.

She further applauded the Chinese Community for having the passion to see that the girl child is not hindered by circumstances resulting from disasters and other negative forces of life and appealed to other well wishers to continue assisting Government in supporting the girl child in her education endeavours.

In his remarks `the Charge d’affaires for the People’s Republic of China, Wang Xiusheng said the donation comes from funds that were raised by the Chinese Community on China day on 22nd September to support the girls that were affected by floods to continue with education.

“I would like to emphasize that China will continue providing assistance within our capacity to ensure the social and public Welfare of Malawians is promoted” He said.

The 2019 floods destroyed 154 public primary schools, 445 Early Child Development Centres and Close to 440,000 children were affected in 15 districts.