First Lady Thandiwe Banda, has called on Christian women to bring up strong families with high moral standards that will help fight the HIV and AIDS pandemic.
Mrs Banda said a strong family is a basic foundation for any society to fight the pandemic and mitigate the suffering of those infected and affected in society.
Mrs Banda said this in a speech read on her behalf by Local Government Deputy Minister’s wife, Felicity Musosha, at the official opening of the Anglican Church Mothers Union Conference in Lusaka today.
She said Christian families form the essential component of an ideal society that can survive the devastating effects of temptations and HIV and AIDS.
She has commended the Anglican Church for helping government in assisting the less privileged people in society.
The First Lady said such initiatives must be commended by people in the country as they help government in providing social services to its people.
Meanwhile, the Anglican Church Mothers Union president, Fridah Kazembe, disclosed that the church will next year construct a girls’ boarding school in Lusaka West to help bring up girls in a Godly way.
Dr Kazembe said the Mothers Union will also build a multipurpose skills training centre at a cost of K1 billion where women and girls would be trained in various life survival skills.
She said her organization is empowering the vulnerable and women in society while counseling them on the importance of having a strong marriage.
Dr Kazembe further said the Mothers Union has so far raised over K150 million for the construction of the boarding schools and the multipurpose centre, adding that it is expected to empower women who will in turn contribute to the attainment of the MDGs.
The conference was attended by over 600 women from the Lusaka Anglican Diocese and the Mothers Union from southern Malawi.