Unika Charity launches in style in the UK

DSC04229By Ian Carter Phiri

UK based charitable Organisation ‘Unika’ aimed at building a socially inclusive society where all people feel valued regardless of individual differences was officially launched on November 21, in a glamorous ceremony held at Dunstable Leisure Centre, in Luton Bedfordshire, UK.

The red – carpet evening occasion attracted a cross -section of people including, Charge de Affaires and Malawi Deputy High Commissioner, His Excellency, Hon John Tembo Jnr and was graced by the Mayor of Luton Borough, Cllr Mohammed Farooq.

The evening event was braced with lots live entertainment and definately marvellous to watch. It was curtain raised by Pamtengo Radio Dj and Singer /songwriter, Lungo who showcased a brilliant live performance of the much awaited hit single “My Love”

Headlined by the multi-talented and Sensational Reggae Superstar, Mathias ‘Matty’ Julius, Unika launch gave a feast of great entertainment especially with having Matty coming second on the time table and mesmerised fans with a great performance of his hit single “Matty Luv”

With his melodious vocals reigning supreme, the dread locked music genius rocked through the roof of Dunstable Leisure Centre and turned the whole event brilliantly rewarding to watch.

Matty also ditched out some of his great vibes from his incomparable “Wekutafara Album” such as Ndokurevera as well as the Album’s title track Wekutafara among others.

Also performing on the night was Pamtengo Gospel Sensation, Sis Maneli, Upcoming Malawi’s dancehall Star, Justice Madeya and Wizzy, AVM and the Ugandan Duo, Biggz Holiday and Rastor Soke.

Yet another performance of the night was by Nigerian born Londonspec who brew everyone away as he performed his hit single, Easy Oooh, currently a regular feature on Pamtengo Radio airwaves. The dancing machine was obviously a marvel to watch especially with his dancing antics that added yet another thrill to the occasion and heightened the occasion into the climax.

In his remarks, the Mayor of Luton Borough, Cllr Mohammed Farooq commended the management of Unika and all participating partners for the tremendous work that the organisation was doing aimed at enhancing the health, social, economic and physical security in the UK and other developing countries such as Malawi.

“We know that by building a socially inclusive society where all people feel valued, their differences respected so that they can live a dignified life, is something that we as a council also embrace. We therefore hold this charity’s vision and achievements in the highest regard” said His Worship the Mayor

Speaking earlier during the launch, Charge de Affaires and Malawi Deputy High Commissioner, H.E John Tembo Jnr said his mission was most delightful at the establishment of Unika to cater for social inclusiveness of the elderly whom he said were specifically vulnerable due to age and poverty.

“We are aware that running a charity is not an easy task. It requires resources, time, strength, courage and out of everything it requires unity. It is therefore a duty of us all Malawians to build support for this charity in order to reach out to all corners of Malawi in areas that lack similar basic social economic needs that Nathenje community is now benefiting from Unika” said Tembo

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In her presentation, Co Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Unika, Munya Sajanga said now that her charity’s borehole project was in its completion stage, her organisation would embark on building a Home Care Centre where the elders could be taken care of in the remaining days of their lives, she said

The Borehole project has currently seen 7 boreholes dug in Nathenje, Malawi to provide safe clean water for 15 Villages around Nathenje.

According to Sajanga Unika also intends to provide training for older persons on economic empowerment and continued employment, she said adding that her Organisation will advocate and lobby for the rights of of older persons including the provision of legal, paralegal and investigative services to ensure that their human and democratic rights are recognised and respected, said Sajanga popularly known by her adoring fans on Pamtengo radio as Lady M.

Co Founder and Senior Trustee of Unika, Henderson Mmangisa said Unika was established with the aim of helping older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination in order to overcome poverty so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives, said Mmangisa who also gave a brief background of Unika’s working partner, Hope for the Elderly (H.O.P.E) a non – government, non – political and non – profit making organisation aimed at promoting social gerontology, advocacy and raising awareness on population ageing challenges.

HOPE was established in 2004 and caters for reduction of dependency by providing support to older persons specifically in Malawi and Africa at large.

unika pics 1Flanked by his Co Founder Sajanga, Mmangisa said the potential of older people to remain useful citizen in our our society was being threatened by a number of social, political, economic and psychological factors, he pointed out.

“But we are committed to change society’s negative altitude, policies and practices at all levels in all sectors to ensure that enormous potential of older people can be realized, empasised Mmangisa”

He therefore noted that Unika’s thematic areas were ageing, human rights, advocacy, HIV/AIDS, food security, consultancy and training in Social Gerontology.

Also speaking, brainchild of Women Aspiring Great Success (WAGS) Everjoy Kurangwah said creating a platform for business minded women and those aspiring to succeed in life was her Organisation’s top priority.

“We advocate to advise young girls that the only Wags they should dream of becoming are women aspiring great success.”

WAGS started as a group on Facebook this year and has since embarked onto a radio show on Pamtengo Radio Station.

The Director of Ceremonies was Pamtengo Radio Broadcaster MC Chijota alonside fellow radio presenter, Empress Tricia with DJ Bily on the decks under the assistance of Pamtengo Radio Chief Sound Engineer, Dj Flinstone for technical engineering.

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Unika Charity Launch

Unika Charity to be launched soon in the

UK By Ian Carter Phiri

UK based charitable Organisation ‘Unika’ aimed at building a socially inclusive society where all people feel valued regardless of individual differences will be officially launched on November 21, at Dunstable Leisure Centre in Luton Bedfordshire United Kingdom from 1930 hrs till late.

The red – carpet event, expected to attract a cross -section of people, will be graced by the Mayor of Luton Borough, Cllr Mohammed Farooq as guest of honour. The event itself will be braced with lots of entertainment by Pamtengo Djs and live performances by UK based artists such as Londonspec, Boy Kingsley, Pamtengo Radio Dj/ singer and songwriter, Lungo of the Washaa fame and Gospel sensation and Pamtengo Radio Presenter, Sis Maneli.

Also performing on the night will be the Multi-talented Reggae Superstar, Mathias ‘Matty’ Julius, Upcoming Malawian Reggae star, Justice Madeya, AVM and the Ugandan duo, Biggyz Holiday and Rasta Soke.

The night will obviously be highly spiced up by popular radio personality compere, Tichafa ‘Tich Mataz’ Matambanazo flying from Harare who is expected to grace the night as special guest. The occasion will also have the Officials from the Malawi High Commission in attendance.

Munyaradzi ‘Wordplay’ Usuwana, a young gifted poet better known as ‘The Wordplay Poet’ on the Poetry circuit whom uses rhythm and acronyms to create inspirational messages. will also be yet another inspiration of the night.

Also featuring highly on the night will be the Raffle draw, with lots prices sponsored by Klassic Designs, Victoria Kitchen, World Cargo International just to mention a few amongst other sponsors.

To complement the occasion on the night, Unika will provide Buffet dinner served at £20 only a ticket and £40 for VIP, all inclusive. There will also be Cash bar provided. The event’s Director of Ceremonies will be Pamtengo Radio Personality and broadcaster, MC Chijota alongside fellow Presenter Empress Tricia.

Unika is well established charitable organisation with its objective to helping the elderly and the communities in the UK and other developing countries specifically Malawi in order to assist the vulnerable claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, said Founder and Trustee of Unika Charity, Munya Sajanga adding ‘thereby fostering dignified, secure, active and healthy lives’

Proceeds of the launch will go to hosting a Christmas dinner for the elderly and completion of Nathenje Borehole Project in Malawi. ‘’Our aim is to build a socially inclusive society where all people feel valued, their differences respected and their basic needs met so they can live a dignified life,” pointed out Sajanga who also owns the conglomerate of World Cargo International, Pamtengo Radio and Wakachere Limited.

Christmas can be an incredibly difficult time of the year for older people who live on their own around Luton and Dunstable, she said adding ”Right now they are said to be about 450,000 older people who spend their Christmas period on their own with no family or friends to visit them during the festive season.”

This, according to Sajanga, should be a day to bring immense joy and laughter. It is therefore incredibly sad to note that many older men and women have to spend their Christmas utterly alone thereby feeling their isolation even more acutely, she said

”It’s not right that any one should suffer such horrible loneliness especially when they could be among friends. So we are here to offer that friendship,” said the Unika Boss.

Commenting on the prospect of the event, Everjoy Kurangwah, one of the Organisers added: ”It is therefore in this vein that we are appealing to well wishers to respond with an act of kindness hence we would appreciate any donations that could enable us hold this event,” she said

For bookings to purchase tickets, people should do bank transfers and then endorse their names as reference. Unika Charity Banking details are available on the flyer attached to this article.

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Ageing is a global issue for the 21st century

3As they get older, many people, especially in the developing world, are left poor and isolated and do not have enough funds to sustain a decent life. UNIKA-UK aims to tackle these injustices wherever they occur.

Three-fifths of the world’s older people live in developing countries. 100 million older people live on less than one dollar (60 pence) a day. The United Nations estimates that by 2050, people aged 60 and over will outnumber people under 14 and 80% of these will be in the developing world.

While increased life expectancy should be seen as a positive achievement, most of the world’s older people live in very poor circumstances and face a harsh future.

Living in poverty

Only 5% of older people in developing countries receive a pension, so vast numbers need to work until the day they die. For those people who do work in developing countries, fourth-fifths have no regular income. They do poorly paid, unsafe or irregular work with no security or protection.

Poor healthcare

Healthcare facilities are unaffordable or inaccessible for most people in the developing world, particularly in rural areas. More older people die from malnutrition, respiratory diseases and TB than any other age group, including children age 0-14 years. Two-thirds of people living with dementia or chronic health conditions (e.g. heart disease, diabetes and stroke) live in the developing world.

Vulnerable in emergencies

Three-quarters of the world’s older people live in areas affected by natural disasters and conflict, and yet they are overlooked by governments and NGOs in emergency-relief responses. People in later life are particularly vulnerable in emergency situations because of their lack of mobility and isolation. Also, they have specific needs which aren’t met, for example, in health and nutrition.

Lacking rights

The needs and rights of older people are often unrecognised and the voice of older people is rarely heard in development policies, processes and strategies. Ageism and age discrimination are tolerated across the world. Many people in later life are refused work, medication or loans because they are considered to be ‘too old’.

We are fighting to overcome these challenges for older people both now and in the future, and to increase independence in later life.

We believe that by working with other ageing organisations, we will have a more powerful voice internationally to change the way ageing is addressed globally. We also have an important role to play in working with local organisations. By helping them to build their capacity and by sharing good practice from UNIKA-UK and our local partners in the UK, we will enable them to build knowledge and transfer skills.

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