By Draxon Maloya
One of the eateries opposite Mzuzu University in collaboration with the Community of St Egidio on Saturday treated a total of 50 vulnerable kids to a feast of pizza.
Senior member of the St Egidio, Mzuzu chapter Peter Mumba expressed gratitude with the management of the Kitchen for considering to host the kids an initiative which he said will go a long way in nurture and inculcate good behaviour into the young ones.
“Hosting these kids with Pizza is quite such a wonderful motivation to them, this other day they will come and buy it for themselves after they have realized and excelled in their dreams in various faculties of academic exellence, “It is not about being rich or having a lot of money for one to help the needy, it is the heart to help to help the needy that will drive these kids to graduate from ultra-poor to prosperity,” Mumba said.
Second week of November was set aside by the Pope, St Francis as a holy week to share with the needy among all Catholic faithfulls.
Managing Director of Top Chef’s Kitchen, 35 year old Vivien Chikolera said government needs to help youths in the country by among others providing loans with reasonable collaterals considering that most of them do not have anything.
Chipping in, chairperson of the facility, Dyson Chikolera revealed tgat a partner in United Kingdom is the one who bought the Pizza and that the facility is providing catering services on behalf of organisations and those in diaspora during funerals, weddings, birthdays and all sorts of gatherings.
“We thought of giving back to the community were are serving, so helping these needy kids is one of our priority areas, but we must urge government to support us so that we can grow, collaterals set by most of the banks and other financial lending institutions in the country are just so prohibitive,” Chikolera said.
Responsible Teacher of St Egidio’s School of Peace, Mary Moyo said she has always been looking for an opportunity when a good Samaritan could come forward and motivate the kids who needs total mind-set change and live a positive life.
“We lack some basic amenities such as soap, clothes and sometimes such type of nice food to motivate these kids who are coming from miserable backgrounds,” Moyo said.
Moyo further expressed need for education materials such as text and exercise books, chalk boards, pen, pencils that can assist learners in primary school standards one to five.
Apart from assisting the vulnerable kids from various communities in the city of Mzuzu, the community of St Egidio has also played a crucial role in the fight against Covid-19 among the elderly and prison inmates.