First Lady Thandiwe Banda will not create her own charitable organization
First Lady Thandiwe Banda has disclosed that she has no intentions of establishing her own charitable organization.
Mrs. Banda says she is convinced that the existing Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the country are well organized and therefore merely require support from all stakeholders.
She was speaking during a working breakfast with various NGOs at State House today.
Mrs. Banda noted that creating her own charitable organization could just increase the number of such organizations leading to duplication of efforts.
She said she would work with the existing charitable organizations to help address challenges faced by the vulnerable in the country.
Mrs. Banda said she would use her position as First Lady to mobilize resources for the various NGOs in the country.
She said methods will be devised on how to coordinate the work of assisting as many organizations in the country as possible.
Mrs. Banda noted that NGOs are critical partners to government in helping develop the social economic status of the communities they operate from hence the need to support their efforts.
She further observed that in many countries spouses of leaders are supporters of charitable organizations and NGOs on account of their exposure to people and organizations they come into contact with which they can influence.
And several NGOs present at the function have welcomed Mrs. Banda’s initiative which they described as unique in the country’s history.
Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ) Chief Executive Officer Holo Hachonda said his organization is ready to unite with other NGO’s to support the initiative.
Mr. Hachonda said the First Lady’s idea has set a new trend of selflessness for the country’s leadership.
Among the organizations represented at the working breakfast were the Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia (PPAZ), National Council for Catholic Women (NCCW) and Forum for Women Education in Zambia (FAWEZA).
Others are Zambia National Association of Disabled Women (ZNAD), Zambia Union of Nurses (ZUN), Zambia Alliance of Women (ZAW), Zambia Women Writers Association (ZWWA), and Society for Women and AIDS in Zambia (SWAZI) and Senior Citizens Association among others