By Franklin Mtambalika
Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati, has pleaded with charity organizations to pay school fees for 212 secondary school students under One Step Foundation (ONESFO).
Kaliati made the plea on Wednesday morning when she joined the organization’s Executive Director, Moses Mwalabu, in a fundraising initiative at the city centre round about in Lilongwe.
Kaliati said while government is proud that out of a total of 9,000 street-connected children 6,000 were removed from the streets, it is sad to note that life is still unbearable for them.
The minister then appealed to the donor community and individuals to work hand-in-hand with organizations working directly with the street-connected children such as ONESFO in mobilizing funds to go towards payment of their education.
On Saturday last week, One Step Foundation (ONESFO) announced new plans to solicit funds for the needy students.
Its executive director Moses Mwalabu told journalists he would stand at the city centre round-about on Wednesday 27th July 2022 from 6 am to 6 pm as one way of raising funds from well-wishers.
And as a way of showing solidarity in the noble cause, Kaliati joined the organization by calling on well-wishers to support the children who are on the verge of dropping out of school.
Meanwhile, the Minister told the ONESFO director Moses Mwalabu to stand down and write a letter which will bear her signature to be used for unlocking financial opportunities from the donor community.
One Step Foundation is looking for MWK39 Million to support 212 secondary school students who were once street-connected.