Mon, 08 Mar 2021

BLANTYRE, Malawi, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Orphans and children with physical impairments in an orphanage center in Blantyre, Malawi are facing the consequences of COVID-19, a development which is very worrisome to Janet Chifunga, 38.

Each morning, she goes to Chifundo Disability and Orphanage Care located in the populous Ndirande township where she gets most of her life needs.

Chifunga, who was born physically impaired says even though the founder of the care center struggles to supply for everyone at the place, the founder is committed to the cause.

The care center gives almost every one of the 88 people that throng the facility hope for better days regardless of the effects of COVID-19. "I am found here because of one thing, hope. I believe in the founder of this place Josephine Mussa and that this place gives me the necessary day-to-day needs," she said.

Even though this is the case, the 23-years-old care center has been running without funding for the better part of its existence. Owner and founder Josephine Mussa relies on piecemeal assistance she gets from well-wishers to run the affairs of the place.

"Whatever she finds and eats, she shares with us all no matter how little it may look. She takes us as her own children and that is the reason many of us hang around hoping for the better," said the wheelchair-bound Chifunga.

Glades Biziwiki, whose child is intellectually challenged, says times are hard for the care center because well-wishers are mostly being elusive because of the COVID-19.

"When the founder goes around looking for assistance, she mostly comes back empty-handed because those that help are also suffering the effects of COVID-19. They keep postponing their donations promising to assist when things are better," Biziwiki said.

"Because of COVID-19, things have greatly changed here. Most people eat once a day because we are not getting enough help and there is no alternative. Whatever we get, we thank God for it."

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