MP Kingston meets Rashida, the girl in the plastic paper mask

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Mangochi Central Legislator Victoria Kingston had seen a viral photo of young Rashida Abdul, a pupil at Mpondasi Primary School donning a used plastic milk packet as a mask.

Like many who saw it, she was touched, but Kingston went a step further and promised to 'adopt' the young girl. On Friday, the MP lived up to her word and donated face masks not just to Rashida but hundreds of other needy children at Mpondasi.

Handing over the materials, the legislator said she decided to come in and help after realisng that Rashida’s situation is a reflection of the challenges most girls are facing.

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More masks for children at Mpondasi

“We need to assist these learners while we have time and resources as you know these are the leaders of tomorrow, for them to be good leaders we need to start preparing them today,” she said.

She then commended  media specialist Chisomo Mwamadi and Tamandani Chonde for raising the alarm and generating a buzz after seeing the picture on social media.

“As social media friends we were touched to see the girl in this state, we therefore came up to support Kingston to purchase some of these face masks,” Chonde said.

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Shielded: Kingston poses with Rashida. Photos by Mayamiko Majawa 

Mpondasi Primary School head teacher Steven Sikawa commended Kingston for the donation saying it will go a long way to assist the needy.

About 500 learners from Mpondasi Primary School have received the face masks.

He then asked other wellwishers to come in and assist, saying the school has 3,852 pupils who need masks.

On the day, Rashida got a school bag, an umbrella and note books among other resources from the legislator.

The girl comes from Mponda Village and is in Standard 2.