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Namikhate Primary School learners cheer the elderly in Zomba

Written by  Synd Kalimbuka
untembwe (centre), dancing with learners after the donation. untembwe (centre), dancing with learners after the donation. Pic by Synd Kalimbuka.


ZOMBA, November 28, 2017: Standard 5 learners from Namikhate Primary School in Zomba recently cheered an elderly man in the area of Village Headman Mussa in the district as one way of reaching out to the needy.

As part of the charity work, the standard 5 learners bought the old man, Allan Kuntembwe, some soya pieces, bathing and laundry soap, body lotion,
besides fetching firewood and water for him.

Speaking when he acknowledged the gesture, Kuntembwe thanked God through the lads for the items that were given to him and encouraged them to do
the same with other aged people who also require basic necessities just like him.

“To be honest, I am very delighted to receive the items from
my grandchildren. May the good Lord bless them abundantly and their teachers
too should be applauded for inculcating a spirit of sharing with the less privileged.

“Old men like us lack basic needs and
when well-wishers consider us like this our needs become lessened in a number of
ways.” Kuntembwe added.

The learners’ class teachers, Miriam M’bwana and Cryton Chitala said they
mobilized the learners to cheer the old man as one way of instilling a
culture of sharing with others in their community. 

“We have cheered Mr. Kuntembwe while he is
okay. That’s what we are encouraging our learners. They should not
only comfort people when they are sick but when they are also fine,”
M’bwana said.

M’bwana claimed that there is a tendency of disregarding elderly people in the country instead of taking care of them in terms of helping them just as the learners from Namikhate have done.


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