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Lusubilo Orients Its Staff Members in Child Protection Policy

By Vitumbiko Ngwira

In a quest to empower its staff members and clients on child protection, the management of Lusubilo Community Based Organization organized training session to orient staff members and clients in Child Protection Policy.

The orientation follows the enactment of Child Care Justice Act by the Government of Malawi and the adoption of Child Protection Policy by the Catholic Church in Malawi. These two instruments aim at protecting children from potential abuse. The training took place on the 7th and 8th December, 2017 at Lusubilo Boardroom.

The training aimed at empowering the staff members with skills on how to protect the children and vulnerable adults from harm. Since Lusubilo is an organization within the Catholic Diocese of Karonga, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) Child Protection Policy was used during the training.

Staff members were exposed to the guidelines and principles stipulated in the ECM Child Protection Policy. They were reminded to make sure that children and vulnerable adults at Lusubilo were always protected from potential harm at all times. In this way the mission and vision of the organization would be enhanced.

The facilitator for the trainings, Mr. Vitumbiko Ngwira, emphasized that the safety of children should be the priority of every staff member at Lusubilo. Staff members were also reminded of the noble responsibility of ensuring that abuses of clients were to be dealt with honestly. It was further emphasized that all staff members should make sure that children are respected in according with ECM Child Protection Policy.

During the training, staff members asked many questions about child protection. They also appreciated the trainings and encouraged management to continue providing such opportunities from time to time. Child protection agreement forms were signed by the all staff members. The trainings would be repeated quarterly to facilitate internalization of the message.

Children dancing
Lusubilo Orphan Care Centre Gives Children a Rare Christmas Treat

By Vitumbika Ngwira and Maureen Nasho

On 25th December, 2017, Lusubilo Orphan Care Centre organized a Christmas Party for children under its care. This followed a joint get together of staff members from Diocesan Curia and Lusubilo.

The main aim of the Children’s Party was to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Fr. Mathews Simwela, Professor Kim and some Lusubilo staff members accompanied the children during the celebration. Lusubilo values with great reverence all church activities.

The children began their celebrations with Christmas Mass at St Mary’s Parish. After that they gathered for a common lunch at the Children’s village. The meal was specially prepared for the occasion. One could only notice the beauty of the celebration on the faces of the children. Children shared experiences. Lunch was followed with music and dance. Children displayed their dancing and singing talents.

Karonga Diocese PMS Director interacting with Children

 

Children dancing

On 26th December, Professor Kim, the Director of Lusubilo Band visited the Children’s village and shared gifts to the children. It was a wonderful day, a memorable day for the children. There was also dancing and singing.

Professor Kim’s Gifts

On 28th December, the children’s village received visitors from Austria. Mentina, with her children Ana and Daniel cheered the children at the village. Mentina gave an encouraging talk to the children. They appreciated the services that Lusubilo gives to vulnerable children.

Daniel Dancing for Children