Tigawane Project team can finally exhale following the project’s successful endorsement by key government officials of Balaka District. This positive development occurred on 7 June 2011 during the highly attended District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting held at Balaka district offices.

Representing the entire team, the deputy project coordinator, Eugenio Njoloma, outlined the goals and objectives of the project and satisfactorily defended the rationale behind the establishment of the project.

Eugenio Njoloma: the project will save the kids

In his remarks, Njoloma argued that the institutionalization of the project was motivated by the apparent social gap that exists between the kids and their original families, a development which is believed to be a hindrance to the kids’ proper human development for it is believed that families are the most crucial institutions to enhance this.

 Elaborating further, the deputy project coordinator hinted that the project intends to assist the vulnerable kids by providing them with basic necessities including, for example, health care, education, and more importantly, a decent shelter.

He revealed that the project has already started implementing some of these programs, a claim that is evidenced by the project’s constant provision of sanitary items to the kids and its daily monitoring of kids during and after school hours. The biggest revelation was that the Project has purchased a house that is intended to be “a safe corner” for these kids who face serious difficulties on the streets.

Njoloma added that given the youthful age of the targeted beneficiaries (between 3 and 15 years of age), the project will highly ensure the kids’ safety mainly through the provision of reformatory skills to the personnel to work at the Tigawane House starting this September.

The hope is that the adoption of the kids will assist them in circumventing possible immoral acts such as robbery, prostitution, drug abuse, just to mention a few.

The meeting facilitator, Mr. David Gondwe who is also the district’s Director of Planning and Development, acknowledge the commendable vision of Tigawane Project and reiterated that the project is the only one of its kind in the district.

He strongly pleaded with other (nongovernmental) organizations present at the meeting to provide a helping hand in curbing the incidence of street kids wondering on Balaka streets, a support which was equally called for by the first grade magistrate of Balaka magistrate court, His Lordship Damson Banda.

Other key officers present at the meeting included the district’s police Officer In-Charge (OC), social welfare director, NGO chairperson, information officer, education manager, just to name a few.

Our Kids, Our Pride!

June 4, 2011