Even though this has nothing to do with faith in its literal sense, but we still find it important to quote Mother Theresa who teaches us to be faithful in small things because it is in them that our strength lies.
Visiting, cleaning, chatting and giving some basic necessities to patients at Namasalima Health Centre is obviously one of those “small” things one can decide to do but when we know the joy and the ululation that this exercise received from its direct beneficiaries, we would understand that it was a moment of love, hope and faith; People need these three from other people.
Bachelor of Arts in Media for Development students at the constituent college of the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, on Monday November visited Namasalima Health Centre in Domasi, Zomba as part of activities ahead of their symposium on November 23, 2016 at Malawi Sun Hotel in Blantyre.
Chairperson of the organising committee Patrick Zgambo said as Media for development students, their primary aim is to holistically analyse all sectors of development through participatory research and communication with the rural poor before coming up with communication strategies that can address the same.
“Patients at health centres fit into this understanding of development and I am glad that we have learnt that while we live in luxury and fame, there are other people who are dying in poverty and shame and they desperately need our help,” he said.
The function was organised with sponsorship from Candlex Malawi Limited who gave students branded T shirts, K100,000 cash to help in other endeavors, body lotion and assorted soap to donate to the clinic.
The students managed to reach out to over 32 patients with assorted soap and body lotion. They also cleaned the surroundings of the clinic.
Bachelor of Arts (Media for Development) is a degree program at Chancellor College and its second intake is completing studies in December, 2016.
According to Associate Professor Magalasi of the college, graduates from this program are trained in ways in which print media, radio, television, film and interpersonal communication is used in communicating and advocating for issues in development.
“The methods in which these students are trained, take cognizant of ethical values in working with people of different levels in society,” Magalasi said.
*Report by Noel Zacharia