Finance Bank Donates K50,000 towards theatre construction
By Irvin Muyumbwa
Finance Bank Zambia Limited has donated a cheque amounting to K50,000 to Namwianga Mission in Kalomo district towards the construction of the first ever theatre block in the district.
And Finance Bank Zambia Limited also introduced Namwianga Mission to their newly introduced Makumbi Banking System especially to assist college students and pupils at the mission base to have a convenient way of making their school fees transactions using their mobile phones and internet in the comfort of their homes.
Speaking when handing over the cheque to Namwianga Mission Chief Executive Officer at Namwianga Mission on Tuesday, Finance Bank Zambia Limited Southern Province Senior Manager for Operations Compliance and Business Development, Mainga Matamwandi said the donation comes as part of Finance Bank Zambia Limited’s commitment to contributing towards community development.
“Our senior management was very touched just like us, especially with what you are doing at the clinic. It takes nothing but a team with passion, commitment that you undertake such projects to just serve the community of Kalomo. So it was from that front that our C.E.O pledged a donation o f K50,000 on behalf of the bank which will go towards the completion of the theatre.” Mrs Matamwandi Said.
Mrs. Matamwandi requested the mission management to ensure that the donation made by Finance Bank Zambia Limited will go towards the roofing of the theatre which will be the first of its kind in Kalomo district. Currently, patients in Kalomo district seeking medical attention are required to travel to Choma or Livingstone General Hospital districts for surgery.
And speaking after receiving the cheque from Finance Bank Zambia Limited, Namwianga Mission Chief Executive Officer, George Phiri said the donation made by the bank came at a time when the mission is also trying to extend their horizon in service delivery especially in the health sector.
Mr. Phiri said despite the donation being made to the mission, it will be for the good of Kalomo and Zambia at large as the health centre will now be able to serve many mothers who are not able to deliver out in the villages and will also help those with serious health ailments which require specialized attention but may not be attended to because the district lacks adequate facility.
“This donation could not come any other time than this time when we are busy trying to extend the horizon of our service delivery especially in the health sector. The cry for health services is very critical and important in this country and I think the government has a philosophy of taking health services as close to the grassroots as possible and so this is where Namwianga Mission comes in to compliment the efforts government.” Mr. Phiri Said.
He further assured Finance Bank Zambia Limited Management that the funds donated will be used to the very intended purpose and also thanked the bank for extending this gesture to Namwianga Mission.
And Namwianga Zonal Health Centre Administrator, Shepherd Mbumwae in an interview said the project of the construction of the theatre has been in place for 2years and once this is completed, it will allow the health centre to be upgraded into a hospital as it will then be able to have the required standard of a hospital in the district.
Meanwhile, Finance Bank Zambia Limited also introduced Namwianga Mission heads of departments to their newly launched Makumbi Banking system especially to help pupils and students at the learning institutions to easily pay for their school fees without queing up in banks to deposit.
Namwianga Mission runs a teacher’s training college, George Benson Christian College of Education with over 600 students and also has Namwianga Christian Secondary School with over 500 pupils and is also responsible for Namwianga Christian Basic school with over 500 pupils who are all required to physically deposit their school fees every term.
Finance Bank Zambia Limited Headquarters’ Business Development Offiecr, Paul Chola said the bank’s newly introduced Makumbi Banking system will enable students and pupils once the sign up for the service to deposit their school fees in the comfort of their homes using mobile phones or the internet.
Mr. Chola who is behind the development of the Makumbi Banking System at Finance Bank Zambia Limited said this program which was launched on 21st March, 2014 is still evolving in order to meet the customer’s expectations.
“What we are doing is that we are going around the communities to see how best we can help them with this product because the Makumbi banking was created to capture those people in the community who do not have any account with any bank or already have accounts with other banks but not Finance Bank.” Mr. Chola said.
Mr. Chola said with the Makumbi Banking System, customers are able to do their day to day activities such as making payments and purchase of goods and services using their mobile phones and the internet besides students being able to make transactions for their school fees.
Namwianga Mission was the first institution in Kalomo district that Finance Bank Zambia Limited singled out to market their new Makumbi Banking System which has already attracted over 2000 customers in a space of less than 2 months.
(PICTURE: NAMWIANGA MISSION CEO GEORGE PHIRI RECEIVING K50,000 CHEQUE FROM FBZ SOUTHERN PROVINCE SENIOR MANAGER FOR OPERATIONS COMPLIANCE AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, MAINGA
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