Minister visits Retrak as concern grows in Malawi

Food-shortage in Malawi is now a deep concern so the visit to the Chisomo Children’s Club (CCC) from the Malawi’s Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare in early January could not have come at a better time.

The Honorable Mrs Patricia Kaliati spent three hours at CCC listening to children and taking part in their classes. She was keen to find out more about Retrak’s Model of Journeying Together; the framework for our activities and a respected benchmark for our good practice looking after street children.

Mrs Kaliati said: “My ministry needs to learn more of your approach in order to address the push and pull factors; it is very clear that behind child disconnection lies highly vulnerable families and communities many [who are] struggling to come to terms with economic liberalisation and growing inequality. The issues can be addressed through such preventative programs and policies CCC is promoting that strike at its social and economic causes.”

CCC manager and Retrak’s Country Director, Charles Gwengwe, said: “We are honoured to have the minister see our work and we pray the visit will develop our good relations even further. The minister was here at a crucial time for us as the current difficulties in Malawi, especially with food shortages, which means we need so much more sustainable support right now.”

Charles added: “Ultimately we hope this visit will benefit our centre’s future by securing strategic partnerships that benefit the children at Chisomo Children’s Club throughout 2016.”

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