In a bid to further support government’s calls to corporates to assist in the fight against the Covid-19 Pandemic, NICO Life and NICO Pensions have donated a total of K6m, to College of Medicine (COM).
This follows calls by the college for assistance towards acquiring laptops for its needy undergraduate students who are unable to access lessons in the wake of the tertiary institution being closed. The donation is in line with our values as NICO, because we believe in possibilities, even in tough times.
According to NICO Pension General Manager, Gerald Chima, the group felt that assisting the future health workers of Malawi is important, especially now when the world is dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic. He added that a lot of schools and colleges are the most affected as they have put their activities on hold and when the COM principal called out for assistance NICO thought it right to help.
“It is no secret that the Covid-19 Pandemic has left no industry untouched, with everyone being affected in one way or another. Looking ahead, institutions would need to be more dynamic and smarter in how we continuously respond to the ever-changing environment. That is why when COM reached out for assistance in procuring tablets to facilitate e-learning, we did not hesitate.” Chima said.
He further acknowledged the efforts done by the college to get the learning programs back on track for the final year students to transition into the industry. There is the need for more health care workers to help fight the pandemic.
COM Principal, Dr Mwapatsa Mipando, commended NICO saying the donation will go a long way with implementing the #257for COM initiative. Nobody believed the initiative of getting 257 android tablets for students would grow into a reality to help the school get back on track during this Covid-19 period but with NICO, we now believe it’s possible.
“We approached a lot of organisations both internally and internationally and I’m happy to say you are the third that has come in but the biggest donor internally, and I would like to thank you as our partners for that. This donation by NICO will go a long way in ensuring that the COM produces healthcare workers that are needed to help fight Covid-19 across the country. students,” Mipando said.