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President Joyce Banda donates blankets to elderly, orphans: Vows to continue with charity

Malawi former president Joyce Banda on Friday, August 22, 2015 visited the densely populated Nancholi Township in Blantyre where she donated blankets and other assorted items to orphans and elderly widows under the banner of the Joyce Banda Foundation International (Joyce BandaFI).

Banda: I will not stop helping the needy.Banda welcomes on arrival in Nacholi, Blantyre. Ex-Malawi leader Banda donates blankets. Scores of residents in the welcomed the former Head of State with song and dance, rekindling memories when she the leader of the country popular with poverty alleviation initiatives.

When she addressed the enthusiastic crowd, Banda said she had been away (abroad) for more than a month and that it felt good to return home and meet the people.

She said her humble gesture to donate the blankets was a manifestation of how she feels about the underprivileged, the sick and the poor.

“This is work I have done even before I became a politician; it’s in my blood. With the little resources that the Lord Almighty has blessed me with, I will continue to help marginalized and the less privileged both through Joyce Banda FI and as an individual,” she said.

Joyce Banda, as she is fondly referred to by adorers, said no-one will take away her charity initiatives and that no-one must mistake that for politics.

Banda’s mission in life has been to assist the women and youth gain social and political empowerment through entrepreneurship and education.

She has spent the past thirty years as a development practitioner, a philanthropist and a champion for social justice and equality.

Joyce Banda has been involved several development and humanitarian work. She established the Joyce Banda Foundation in 1998 and the Foundation provides integrated rural development services to over 300,000 resource poor beneficiaries



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President Joyce Banda was invited to and attended the United States of America (USA) National Prayer Breakfast at Washington Hilton Hotel.

President Joyce Banda: Gave a speech

During the week-long event, which ended on Thursday, February 5, 2015, former President Banda delivered a speech at a side event of high-profile women and offered a closing prayer President Joyce Banda.

The National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event held in Washington DC, whose climax is on the first Thursday of February each year. President Joyce Banda The founder of this event was Abraham Vereide.

The event—which is actually a series of meetings, prayers, readings, greetings luncheons, and dinners—has taken place since 1953 and has been held at least since the 1980s at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue NW President Joyce Banda.

“She spoke about the importance of love, peace and unity among the people of the world. She bemoaned the prevailing human and natural tragedies including wars that have caused untold human suffering over the years,” said one of Banda’s aides who accompanied her to the historic event President Joyce Banda .

In his keynote address at the event on Thursday, US President Barack Obama said the US would never stop fighting for freedom of religion around the world. He talked about the inspiration given by faith world-wide driving people to do right, but faith also used as a weapon.

President Obama also referred to hate crimes and terrorism, such as “ISIL, a brutal, vicious, death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism.”

The breakfast was attended by some 3,500 guests, including international invitees from over 100 countries. The National Prayer Breakfast is hosted by members of the United States Congress and is organized on their behalf by The Fellowship Foundation, a Christ-centered organization. Initially called the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, President Joyce Banda the name was changed in 1970 to the National Prayer Breakfast.

It is designed to be a forum for the political, social, and business elite to assemble and build relationships. Since the inception of the National Prayer Breakfast, several U.S. states and cities and other countries have established their own annual prayer breakfast events.

Every U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has participated in the annual event.

The Dalai Lama was the ‘Special Guest’ during this year’s event. President Obama offered “a special welcome to a good friend, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion, who inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings”.

“I’ve been pleased to welcome him to the White House on many occasions, and we’re grateful that he’s able to join us here today,” said the US President.

Dalai Lamas are the head monks of the Gelug School, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism.The current Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is also well known for his lifelong advocacy for Tibetans inside and outside Tibet.

President Joyce Banda : The 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa

President Joyce Banda

Joyce Banda

  • President, Malawi
Lilongwe, Malawi
Marital Status
Bachelor of Arts / Science, Columbus University
Joyce Banda on Forbes Lists

Malawi’s first female president (and second on the African
continent) narrowly won a second term this May after originally assuming
office in 2012. President Joyce Banda However, she ordered that the results of the May
elections be nullified and the elections be held in 90 days due to
electoral irregularities; spectators say it is a desperate attempt to
stay in power. Her time so far has been marred by financial scandals,
arrests and prosecutions in her own government. But Banda’s most brazen
decisions have been for austerity’s sake. She sold off a $15 million
presidential jet, cut her own salary by 30 percent and dismissed her
cabinet in the midst of corruption allegations. President Joyce Banda Her bookkeeping measures
have helped lift monetary suspensions from Western donors to Malawi and
restore cash injections from the IMF.

President Joyce Banda : Her Excellency

An entrepreneur, activist, politician, and philanthropist, Her
Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda was also the President of the Republic of
Malawi (2012-2014). She was Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s
second. Voted as Africa’s most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine for
two years running and voted as one of the most powerful women in the
world, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda is a champion for the rights of
women, children, the disabled, and other marginalized groupsPresident Joyce Banda. 

Before becoming President of Malawi, Dr. Banda served as a Member of
Parliament; Minister of Gender and Child Welfare; and Foreign Minister
and Vice President of the Republic of Malawi. While serving as Minister
of Gender and Child Welfare, President Joyce Banda championed the enactment of the
Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill in 2006, which provides a legal
framework for the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence
against women and girls.

A recipient of more than 15 international accolades including the
“Hunger Project Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of
Hunger” shared with President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 1997,
President Banda is a strong advocate for women President Joyce Banda and girls’ emancipation
and empowerment and a prominent civil rights campaigner. She founded the
Joyce Banda Foundation International, which guides projects that range
from empowering women to providing for orphans’ education.

On the international scene, President Dr. Banda was instrumental in
the formation of such organizations as the President Joyce Banda

African Federation of Women
Entrepreneurs (AFWE), currently running in 41 countries in Africa; the
Council for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa (CEEWA); and the
American & African Business Women’s Alliance (AABWA), of which she
served as First President President Joyce Banda.

President Banda sits on a number international organization bodies.
These include the Executive Advisory Committee of UNIFEM,President Joyce Banda  the GlobalLeaders Council for Reproductive Health, and the Scientific Advisory
Board for the program in Global Health and Social Change at Harvard
Medical School.