VICE President Inonge Wina has said poverty can be fought through hard work by every individual.
Ms Wina said if people continue to put efforts together nothing was always impossible in the fight against poverty at all levels.
The Vice President said in a speech read on her behalf by Eastern Province acting Permanent Secretary Patrick Mwanawasa during Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) Women’s World celebration held at David Kaunda stadium in Chipata yesterday.
“Let us always remember that poverty can be fought through hard work by every individual and in this case we are talking about you the womenfolk to continue to encourage each other and working together and promote unity through the implementation of activities that have an economic impact on the lives of the people,” she said. She said the Government’s concerted fight against poverty was an on-going process.
Ms Wina commended DMI and its collaborators for creating hope for the people of Eastern Province more especially among women. She said the Government and the Church shall continue working in partnership for the betterment of the humanity.
The Vice President said the activities of the Catholic Church have always embarked on of organising women through DMI which demonstrates how much they care about humanity in the Country.
“May I also state that as Government we take joy and always appreciate the good relationship that has continued under the leadership of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu and the Catholic Church in Zambia,” she said.
Ms Wina said it was good that DMI have come up with a number of development programmes for women such as formation of self-help groups and federation, women leadership, capacity building, community health, economic empowerment, micro credit programme for women, adult literacy and alternative livelihood programme.
She said it was also good that DMI has gone further by growing up with development programmes for children such as value education for school education, children parliament, rural study centre, educational assistance for poor children and sponsorship and scholarships for children’s education.
Ms Wina said it was gratifying that the women were able to sustain themselves economically.
She said the Government had always encouraged women in Zambia to venture more into the small and medium enterprises as one way of alleviating poverty and contributing to economic development of the Country.
She said women have a key role to play in reducing poverty in the Country and setting up enterprises was the first step towards prosperity as opposed to depending on handouts.
Speaking earlier DMI Eastern Province Programme Coordinator Sister Fatima Jacintha Rani said through micro credit, poverty levels have reduced hence women were able to send their children to school and eat three balanced diet foods per day.