By Steve Chirombo
Chikwawa, January 5, Mana: An Independent Pentecostal Church at Senior Group Village Head Nyambiro in Senior Chief Ngabu in Chikwawa on Sunday handed over a house worth K904, 000 to a family with two children with albinism who were living in a dilapidated house at the expense of the children’s safety.
The house was handed over to a Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Thasa family before the community members who expressed delight with Independent Pentecostal Church’s gesture of giving to those in need.
Bishop of the church in the area, Daniel Masanduko, said in an interview on Monday that people living with albinism live in fear and are at high risk especially when they live in insecure houses.
“We were touched as a church when we saw the two girls of Mr. and Mrs. Thasa when we visited the house they were living in,” said Masanduko after the handover of the house through the church’s Gogo Project.
He said the church was compelled to build the house after realising that it was in bad shape and that the inhabitants were not secure.
“We noted that the house was so dilapidated, poor and above all, not secured and this is why we thought of doing something,” added Masanduko.
He said as Independent Pentecostal Church, their goal is to ensure that the two little girls receive total support and that they proceed with their education up until they are done with college or university.
“We thank God for providing us with resources that make all this happen,” stated Masanduko who added that the church built the house with support from a US based family.
The beneficiary, Thomas Thasa, commended Independent Pentecostal Church for initiating the project which he said was good gesture to his family.
“We never expected such a precious gift, the house we used to live in before this one was just a pity. It was not safe for us and our two children,” said Thasa who was full of joy.
District Social Welfare Officer for Chikwawa, Aeron Macheka commended the church for the project, saying the church played a complimentary role in assisting the vulnerable people to live in a decent house.
“It is therefore our plea that people of good will should reach out and touch those in need of support,” he added while calling on other organisations and individuals to emulate the good gesture by the church at Ngabu.