The little boy who grew up with numb legs and right arm due to malaria that struck him when he was just five months old.
Due to his physical disability Francis could not begin primary school until when he was 12 years old and after pleading with his parents that he wants to go to school just like all his siblings and other children in his village. Without a wheel chair because his parents could not afford it, little Francis was crawling eight kilometers to school everyday across a busy high way to Chileka International Airport in Blantyre. By the grace of God little Francis was featured in MBC TV’s Reach Out and Touch Programme.
By the same grace of God the First Lady, Her Excellency Madame Dr. Gertrude Mutharika who is a fond follower of the Programme watched this particular programme and Franci’s plight caught Her Excellency’s attention and touched her heart.
Upon visiting Francis in his village the First Lady did not only give Francis a wheel chair, she moved the Ministry of Gender and Disability to place Francis at a boarding facility so that he should be attending classes without difficulties. One year down the line little Francis now 13 years old is walking.
Yes walking without any aid and does not require the wheel chair for mobility. Thanks to two operations that Francis underwent at Beit Cure Hospital facilitated by Good Samaritan Children’s Home along the Zomba-Blantyre road where the Ministry of Disability placed him as per the First Lady’s request.
In the photos, Francis in 2015 on the day the First Lady visited him in his village and handed him the wheel chair and the First Lady with Francis and the other children at Good Samaritan Children’s home during her visit on Friday 10/12/2016.