Communities urged to invest in early childhood development

By Our Reporter:

Save the Children one of the implementing partner in the Ultra Poor households programme which the Financial Access to Rural Markets for Smallholder Enterprise-FARMSE with funding from International Fund for Agriculture-IFAD is running has asked beneficiaries to consider investing in Early Childhood Development (ECD).

On Teusday FARMSE handed over K571 million to Save the Children to disburse seed capital money to over 4000 ultra poor graduating households in Mzimba district.

Speaking after receiving the cheque, Save the Children Country Director Kim Koch urged the beneficiaries to also consider channeling some of the process from their businesses towards early childhood development.

“This Project aligns with our ambitions to ensure that every child and youth are protected,have education and health care.These basic human,Children’s rights are undermined by extreme poverty and Child poverty can be devastating as it has long-life effects,” said Koch.

According to Koch it is her organisation’s hope that the families that will receive money will make signficant steps towards offering their children the future they deserve.

Meanwhile FARMSE National Coordinator Dickson Ngwende says he is impressed with the progress registered so far.

‘The project is being implemented and we are done with 7 districts so far and I would say I’m very impressed with what I have personally seen.You could see smiles on faces of the beneficiaries and this is what we want that beneficiaries should graduate from relying on social cash transfer to becoming self reliant’, said Ngwende.

Ngwende has since urged the beneficiaries to stick to the Bussines plans that they were mentored on.

“After this process of disbursing sees capital money we will then come back to monitor if these beneficiaries are using the money for the intended purposes.We don’t want cases where after receiving the seed capital then the beneficiary decides to invest it elsewhere.That will be against the objectives of this project,” said Ngwende.

FARMSE is implementing the five year Ultra-Poor Graduation project in 9 districts which are Chikwawa, Phalombe, Mulanje, Balaka, Machinga, Dedza, Salima, Mangochi and Mzimba.

Apart from Save the Children,FARMSE is also working with Oxfam,World Relief,Care Malawi and COMSIP.

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