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Red Cross donates K15 million farm inputs towards school feeding programme

Written by  Ireen Kayira
MRCS Secretary General ( right)  Mc Bain Kanongodza presenting maize seeds, Pic by Ireen kayira -Mana MRCS Secretary General ( right) Mc Bain Kanongodza presenting maize seeds, Pic by Ireen kayira -Mana

Lilongwe, December 6 2018: Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) Monday  donated farm inputs and other assorted items worth K15 million to Mafutsa Primary School in Dedza towards the school’s feeding programme.

The inputs included 48 packs of maize seeds, 40 packs of soya seeds, 80 packets of groundnut seeds and 33 bags of fertilizer.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) MRCS secretary general MacBain Kanongodza said the donation was aimed at encouraging the school to grow its own crops for the feeding programme.

 “We believe that the school feeding programme encourages learners to go to school hence the donation. 

“Since the feeding programme started last year, the school’s enrolment has increased. More children are willing to attend classes than before because of the food they are served during break time,” Kanongodza said.

He further said the donation is in line with MRCS mission of alleviating human suffering and improving the quality of life of vulnerable people.

He added that the program has also sustained food availability in the pre and primary schools by the means of community gardening

Mafutsa Primary School heat teacher Shy Cosmas Kapinama hailed MRCS for the donation saying it will help learners to remain in school.

“The school feeding programme has enhanced enrolment. For example, when the programme started last year, the enrolment was low such that we had 500 students but now there are 632,” Kapinama said.

He added that the school feeding programme has also improved learners’ performance in class.

Apart from the farm inputs, MRCS donated 109 packs of metallic spoons, 1,306 units of plastic plates, nine pales with tap, nine plastic basins and big pots with stoves.

The MRCS’ school feeding initiative is being implemented with aid from its partners in Japan in schools where there is no similar government sponsored programme.

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