On Friday, the beauty queen donated 60 jacaranda trees to Assemblies of God’s Sunrise Centre at M’bwatalika in Malawiâ€™s capital, Lilongwe.
In an interview, she said that she will plant the trees in five places in the country’s three regions.
“The [Assemblies of God] centre looks after orphans and vulnerable children. We chose it because we wanted children to learn the importance of planting trees while young,” Mtegha said.
She added: “One of my projects is to stop deforestation. I am motivated by the Chikangawa Forest which used to have more trees, but today most of the trees are cut down.”
Group village head Malili, who received the trees, decried that his subjects are getting low crop yields because soil erosion and breached land due to deforestation.
“It’s a big problem. We will do everything to take care of these trees and protect them from livestock because we are suffering from the effects of deforestation,” said Malili.
Vitu Kamanga, director of Artistic Agency which runs Miss Malawi, congratulated Mtegha for her charity spree, including a visit to Makande Prison in Thyolo and a big walk which raised about K150 000 (about $898) in Lilongwe.