Female inmates at Chichiri Prison in Blantyre celebrated Christmas with a boost of economic empowerment, thanks to a donation from a global Christian organisation, Uplift International.
Beyond the usual foodstuffs and groceries, the organisation gave the inmates a brand new sewing machine.
Uplift International organising secretary Pastor Moffat Nungu said the organisation wanted to open an opportunity to the incarcerated mothers to make money while serving their jail terms.
Nungu said inmates have the potential to contribute significantly to the development of the country if they are empowered with the necessary resources.
“Our organisation believes that inmates can do a lot in transforming this country. However, the challenge is that society doesn’t seem interested to give them a chance,” he said.
Nungu said Uplift International is committed to uplifting the livelihoods of the underprivileged such as the elderly, orphans and prisoners.
Chichiri Prison station officer Katoila Chisi thanked the organisation for empowering the inmates as Malawians were celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Uplift International is a global interdenominational ministry which focuses on foreign missions and uses gifts, talents and resources to bring transformation to communities, according to country coordinator Pastor Kennet Phiri.