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Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has commenced its exercise of distributing bicycles to community volunteers across the five districts of Chikwawa, Blantyre, Mangochi, Mulanje and Nkhatabay today under a 3-year project with funding from the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

The project aims at addressing abuse, discrimination and violence against persons with albinism, people accused of witchcraft and LGBTI persons.

Speaking during the handover ceremony in Chikwawa today, CHRR Executing Director Timothy Mtambo commended the good work community volunteers are doing in the district. In his words, the bicycles are intended to ease mobility problems of the volunteers.

“The bicycles will enable the volunteers to travel easily as they go about sensitising community members on the rights of vulnerable minority groups," said Mtambo.

According to Michael Kaiyatsa who is Senior Advocacy and Resource Mobilisation Coordinator, this is just the first phase of the project.

“The second phase will target other five districts of Chitipa, Karonga, Dedza, Salima and Machinga. The last phase has Kasungu, Dowa, Mchinji, Zomba and Nsanje as impact districts,” disclosed Kaiyatsa.

CHRR is implementing this project in partnership with Centre for the Development of People (Cedep).