The Society of Malawian Students (SMS) in Japan, of which this blogger is a member, has donated 60,000Yen to help Karonga earthquake victims. This money was raised from contributions by members of the society. The handover ceremony of the funds to the Malawi Embassy in Japan took place yesterday at the Ambassador’s residence in Shibuya, Tokyo.
“The Malawi student community in Japan, which has recently grown to 19, was so concerned by the plight of the people of Karonga and felt like doing its part by making contributions,” said Chomora Mikeka, the coordinator for SMS in Japan at the function.
In his remarks, the Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Roosevelt Gondwe thanked SMS in Japan for the funds. He said it was encouraging to see the relatively small group of Malawian students in Japan putting together their resources in solidarity with others who are doing the same for the victims of the Karonga earthquakes.
He also mentioned that the staff at the Embassy will also be making a donation which they will send along with the one from SMS in Japan to the Department of Poverty and Disaster Management Affairs in Malawi.
After the function, we had tea and snacks. We had a good time chatting with the Ambassador and his family, Mr Chilima, and Mrs Karonga from the Embassy.