Oxfam Malawi, through Malawi’s Women’s Rights Programme, has donated 100 mattresses to Ntaja Community Day Secondary School in Machinga to lessen the challenges girls face.
Oxfam Malawi country director Lingalireni Mihowa said on Wednesday the gesture was as a result of efforts by legislator for Machinga East Esther Jolobala.
She said as part of profiling women’s political leadership pillar, through the 50:50 Campaign, officials from Oxfam US and Oxfam Malawi visited Jolobala’s constituency in July to appreciate the work she is doing.
Said Mihowa: “Among other things, the team visited Ntaja Community Day Secondary School to appreciate her passion for championing girls’ education through the construction of a girls’ hostel at the school. She constructed a girls’ hostel using Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
“At Oxfam, we are doing this in appreciation that education is a driver for Malawi’s economic growth. The provision of mattresses is way of making sure that we are enhancing a good learning environment.”
On her part, Jolobala thanked Oxfam Malawi for the donation.
She said she prioritised the construction of girls’ hostel using CDF because of the many challenges female learners in the area face.
“I am happy because the lives of the students will be transformed. They will be willing to continue with their education,” said Jolobala.
She said she built the hostel to improve the safety of girls who travel long distances to school. The school’s headteacher Lawrent Kamanga expressed gratitude to Oxfam.