By Tione Andsen
Lilongwe, September 8, Mana: World Vision Malawi (WVM) has expressed concern that retention of care givers for most Community Based Care Centres (CBCCs) in Lilongwe remains a challenge to overcome.
WVM District Programme Manager for Lilongwe, Harold Munthali said this Tuesday during a WVM Lilongwe stakeholders Field Monitoring day at Chigodi CBCC in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mazengera in Lilongwe
He noted that WVM has invested in capacity building for care givers but they are dropping out in numbers making most CBCCs to operate without adequate personnel.
Munthali pointed out that WVM has trained more care givers but most of them are leaving their responsibility due to a number of factors such as non-payment of honorarium to which government had promised to provide to look into.
“Some are leaving due to marriages, securing of new jobs and lack of support from communities within the CBCCs,” the Manager added.
He said training session for 30 care givers run for 12 weeks and is normally budgeted for between K 20 to 25 million depending on where you are conducting the session.
Munthali views this as a setback to the development of a child taking into account that WVM was securing funding to capacitate the care givers.
Village Development Committee (VDC) Chairperson, Davie Kachipande said currently Chigodi CBCC was being manned with two care givers and 120 children are accessing the facility.
He thanked WVM for constructing a new facility which has enabled children to access early childhood development services.
“The only challenge we are facing that the facility has not adequate food supply in order to provide porridge to the children during classes,” Kachipande pointed out.
Senior Assistant Social Welfare Officer for Lilongwe District Social Welfare Office, Jim Wotchi said a CBCC which is not providing food to children should not operate in any way as they are bound to subject the children to hunger.
He said traditional leaders should mobilize various stakeholders to make sure that the facility has adequate food in stock in order to provide to the children during class days.
Wotchi said CBCCs need to be well stocked with playing materials and provision of food is a must where the children should develop the interest of liking school in their early years.