By Moses Nyirenda
Lilongwe based Chewa social Grouping dubbed ‘Ochewa Ofewa’ on Saturday visited Byzanzi Juvenile Prison in Dowa District to donate various items worth over MK500, 000.
The donated items include bails of sugar, cooking oil, exercise books, soap and buckets just to mentions a few.
Apart from donating the items, Ochewa Ofewa also inspired the inmates with the Gospel from Hebrews Chapter 12 verses 11-13 which, in part says, “for the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteous to those who have been trained by it.”
Speaking on the sidelines of the occasion, Chairperson of the grouping, Amon Sungandeu said they decided to visit the juvenile prison after noticing the challenges which the inmates face at the prison in their everyday life.
“Prisoners are taken as sinners to the outside world and they are most marginalized as a result, they lack love and basic needs to support their daily lives.
“For this reason, we thought it wise to visit them and share the little that we have so that they feel loved, cared and spiritually motivated,” Sungandeu said.
In 2018, the group also visited Mpando Primary School in Namitete, Lilongwe where they donated assorted items such as writing materials, balls, school uniforms and shoes.
In the same year, the team also visited Mua School for the Deaf in Dedza District with a variety of support.
According to the Chairperson, the mission of Ochewa Ofewa is to promote education and support the needy in the country.
“The mission of our group is to reach out to people who are in dire need of basic support including prisons and hospitals.
“Through the same drive, we are also promoting education by providing school necessities to the children that are from underprivileged households,” he said.
One of the Byzanzi Juvenile Prison wardens, Yobe Malembo commended Ochewa Ofewa for their gesture for the prison, saying the support would address the challenges which the inmates are currently facing at the prison.
He urged the group to reach out to other prisons in the country, saying their visit would enhance living standards of prisoners.
Ochewa Ofewa was formed in 2016 with 20 members. Currently, the group has over 90 members and it sources its funds through contributions of K1000 per month per member.-MANA