Minister Gray virtually met with 11 grant holders on 31st May, 2022 to personally talk about their successes, challenges and best practices while implementing their respective Scottish Government funded projects.
In his remarks Hon. Gray called upon the grant holders to continue enforcing the importance of safeguarding and ensuring that the voices of the most vulnerable are heard.
He further said that this meeting is a symbol of energized principles of collaboration and partnership. .
The Scottish Government funding has in the three years enabled Mary’s Meals to support their School Feeding Program, feeding 28,000 school going children; facilitated the opening of the first dental school in Malawi at the College of Medicine. Through the grant, Community Energy Malawi was able to provide solar lighting to communities in Balaka and Mchinji and has helped beneficiaries to open businesses that contribute to the growth of their income.
Further to that, the grant has also enabled the opening of the first reformatory centre that has provided rehabilitation for an estimated 6800 youth in trouble with the law, being coordinated by Chance4Change.
Challenges Malawi is another organization that benefited from the grants and works in value chain addition to improve crop production, help farmers get access to markets as well as facilitate job creation.
Having been appointed Minister in January 2022, this showed the Minister’s and Scottish Government’s commitment to development work in Malawi and ensuring a great working relationship between the government and their partners in Malawi