By Bridget Mwale and Alinafe Mpezeni
Rumphi, Mana: Matunkha Community Development Centre in Rumphi has urged the community members to take part in livestock production to help sustain their families with basic needs.
Matunkha Community Programmes Manager, Goodson Chavula told Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday at the Boma that it was important for the community to take an active role in livestock production for them to meet their needs at family level.
“ As one way of helping the community, we introduced the goat pass-on program so that the people are able to eat balanced meals, improve their economy and be able to support their school-going sons and daughters when sponsors are not there for continuation of their developments and smooth running of their families,” he said.
Chavula said that people in the community should grow cassava as a way of making sure they don’t suffer from hunger as the organization distributes cassava cuttings on a pass-on basis.
Orphan and Vulnerable Children Officer (OVC), Alice Mtonga said they provide seeds to different schools to grow in their gardens to help them in the school feeding programmes where lunches are provided.
“As one way of helping the community, we thought of engaging them in different projects that are aimed at transforming their lives and communities for a sustainable development and improve in nutrition,” she said.
One of the beneficiaries, Monica Lupalamizi said she has benefited a lot through the project run by the organization and have made herself reliant.
Matunkha Community Development Centre was established in 1985 as a missionary firm by Daniel Heho.
The Centre supports farmers with farming and is currently implementing a goat pass on programme.
It offers home based care services and supports the secondary school needy students with school fees and related needs in both Rumphi and Mzimba districts.