President Peter Mutharika has donated K450, 000 to Bwiba School for the Deaf in Karonga.
Mutharika has made the donation after the Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) disconnected water supply at the institution few days ago.
Deputy publicity secretary of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Greene Lulilo Mwamondwe presented the cash to the school’s administration on Saturday.
“When we got news that one of the oldest schools here in Karonga has had its water service disconnected, the shadow Member of Parliament for this area James Kamwambi and I banged our heads together to find solutions.
“We then decided to call the State President to inform him about the problem as we could not raise the said amount because the school serves pupils from all over Malawi. Knowing that water is life, he immediately responded positively by sending this money that we have donated today so that water service should be restored as soon as possible so that learners should not be affected” Mwamondwe said.
Speaking on behalf of the school administration, schools manager for Karonga Presbytery, Reverend Hanord Singini thanked the President for his timely intervention, saying pupils’ studies were being affected as they were forced to wake up early in the morning to go and fetch water for daily use at the campus.
“As a school, we are really appreciative to the President for this kind gesture. He has really demonstrated a true friendship in time of need. This will go a long way in making sure that water is reconnected at the school thereby enhancing both learning and teaching to take place at a conducive environment” Singini said.
Singini, however, said the school is going through turbulent material and food challenges, saying the funding that they get is not enough to cater for the 86 pupils enrolled at the school.
“While we commend the President for his timely bail out, let me take this opportunity to ask for some other well-wishers to help us with mattresses for our pupils who are sleeping on bare beds. And again, we are in short supply of food items due to limited resources that we get from government,” Singini said.