Orbus was chosen out of all the orphanages and orphan care centres in Blantyre to be the recipient of a loving and generous gesture by a large number of universities today.
University of Malawi Staff Sports Association (Umssa) today held it's annual Inter-Varsity Games at the College of Medicine in Blantyre where members of staff from the University of Malawi, the College of Medicine, Chancellor College, Kamuzu College of Nursing, The Polytechnic, Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must), Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) and University of Limpopo (South Africa), who drove up to Blantyre yesterday, pitted their sports skills against each other. Malawian company Old Mutual, who are the official sponsors of the games, also participated in the games. Some of the games played included football (soccer, not the real game), volleyball, netball, pool, darts, chess and track and field.
They took a break during the proceedings to focus on some less fortunate members of their community and at 2.20 pm this afternoon, a bus full of media and representatives of Old Mutual, Umssa, Luanar and University of Limpopo arrived to much excitement at Orbus to donate lots of gifts including clothing, soaps, school resources and a cash donation, to the Orbus orphans and vulnerable children. Having brought much cheer these very generous visitors then departed to continue to the finals part of their games day. The excited and grateful children were very patient and well behaved as the goods were then distributed in a professional and orderly manner by the Orbus headteacher and teachers over the following two hours.
The visitors shared how they had conducted their research and decided to choose Orbus out of others they had visited because they noticed that we had been doing what we do completely under the radar, with no publicity sought or received. We thank God for this blessing which fell upon our children as if from heaven this afternoon.
Photos of the event are online at the July Photo Journal.