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My Community My Responsibility Malawi

Commonwealth Point of Light 146. Brian Khembo

Brian Khembo, representing Malawi, is the founder of ‘My Community My Responsibility’, which is educating the local community about COVID-19.

Brian Khembo

Brian leads weekly outreach meetings with 300 elderly people in local towns, to amplify the key messages of social distancing and regular hand washing, while also distributing food, masks and soap. Brian also provides 50 vulnerable street children with regular hot meals.

David Beer, Acting UK High Commissioner in Malawi, said:

“In these challenging times, Brian is one of the unsung heroes who have decided to do something and support their communities through the current COVID-19 crisis.

“Using personal resources and sometimes pulling together little contributions in cash and kind from friends, Brian has been able to reach out to the most forgotten and vulnerable in this pandemic: street kids and the elderly.

“Brian has regularly provided meals and protective wear such face masks to street kids and has been helping the elderly in some of the poorest neighbourhoods with food items and information on how to protect themselves from the pandemic. I congratulate Brian for the award and the recognition from HM The Queen for his selfless acts.”

Brian said:

“I would like to express my appreciation to Her Majesty The Queen for choosing me to be among the people to receive the Points of Light award. This award will fuel my desire to support many children on the streets and the vulnerable people, it will help me to be a model for many in Malawi. My desire is to see that one day most of these (street) kids should become independent and productive citizens of the country.”

Pictured below: Brian presented with his award by David Beer, Acting UK High Commissioner in Malawi.

Brian Khembo with UK High Commissioner Brian Khembo

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