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The Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare who has been on tour of the Northern region, visited and commended Lusubilo Community Based Orphan Care programme in Karonga.

The Minister said that she was very happy with the way the Centre was run as it integrated its services with that of the community.

“I am very happy with the way that you take care of the children here. You not only take care of them here, but you ensure that they are integrated with their families and provide support to them right within their hoes. This is very commendable as it is one of the interventions that my ministry promotes,” she said.

The founder of the organization Sister Beatrice Chipeta said that the institution which has been in existence for the past 21 years caters for up to 40, 000 children throughout the district, some in Chitipa as well as Rumphi.

“Lusubilo Centre has been around for 21 years. We are currently working with 40, 000 children the majority of whom are home based. We only have 100 children who live here at the centre. Most of our activities are done within the communities,” she said.

Lusubilo Community Based Orphan Care Programme is non-profit faith based (Catholic) organization. The organization works in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS)-Malawi to provide for the needs of orphans and vulnerable children and needy people in the communities. The organization provides nutritional, educational, agricultural development and community empowerment services.