For a fifth year in a row, FINCA has pumped in K500,000 towards Mother’s Fun Run (MFR). Mother’s Fun Run is a project by Nation Publications Limited (NPL) that mobilises for medical supplies and equipment to improve maternal health in public health facilities. Mother’s Fun Run is this year targeting health facilities under Ntcheu and Likoma districts health offices.

Handing over the cheque on Friday, 28th June, 2019, FINCA Malawi marketing manager Violet Mangani said the project was in line with the microfinance institution’s creed of alleviating poverty to improve livelihood. She said, “it is not a coincidence that FINCA and NPL share a common vision in attempts to improve livelihoods in the country; hence the continued partnership. Besides, we find the statistics on maternal and neonatal still alarming. That explains why we keep coming back with something. We just hope everyone out there become as concerned so as  to completely make motherhood safe in the country.”

We would not have been here without the support of the communities that form our clientele” Violet Mangani

Mangani added that this year, FINCA has an extra motivation to help out in the project as the microfinance firm has just clocked 25 years in business. “We would not have been here without the support of the communities that form our clientele. We therefore feel justified to share the success with them by, among others, help improve their health for sustainable partnership. This year is for them. Further, we have faith in the way NPL has been spearheading the project so far,” She explained.

Commenting on the donation, NPL marketing officer Vanessa Mabviko was all praise to FINCA saying their gesture meant a lot to the project. She said: “The fact that FINCA has decided to add onto what they have been donating towards the same in the past speaks volumes of their passion in seeing the safe motherhood drive turn into reality. We do not take this for granted because we understand the economic climate is not all that conducive right now.”

Mabviko, who added that FINCAs gesture was worth emulating, was quick to pledge accountability to all the resources mobilized for the project. The project aims at mobilizing not less than K300 million this year. “Like we have always said, every penny counts. It does not matter the amount. What matters most is the spirit of enacting a change in somebody’s life. Effective coordination among partners easily makes light work, the challenges facing the country’s public health sector,” she explained.

Since its inception in 2005, Mothers Fun Run has been running in each and every year in between, benefiting various districts. This year is the first time the project is targeting two districts in its safe motherhood drive. Last year’s initiative benefited Ntchisi District where 162 babies and 16 mothers were dying every month.