MARGARET CHISANGA, Lusaka
FOLLOWING her crowning as Miss Zambia 2018 at a prestigious event held on December 16 last year, 20-year-old Musa Kalaluka has commenced her official work by launching her charity work.
Speaking in an interview recently, Kalaluka said she has launched a campaign dubbed Dignity for Senior Citizens and Widows, Initiative which seeks to create a better livelihood for vulnerable people and a more meaningful old age for senior citizens.
“I am excited to commence my work under this initiative as I’ve always felt drawn to the plight of old people and vulnerable widows.
She said social isolation, societal stigma and loneliness among some widows and senior citizens have in many instances characterised old age.
Her project, which is set to be piloted in Kampasa Village in Lusaka’s Kasisi Area, will adopt 10 widows and 15 vulnerable senior citizens for a year.
“My vision for the initiative is to stretch it beyond 2018 with more widows and seniors being added to the programme. Ultimately, however, my aim is to create an enlightened and inclusive Zambian society in which senior citizens and widows feel secure, confident and valued,” she said.
Kalaluka appealed to well-wishers to help with resources and expertise mobilisation.
The young Miss Zambia is also set to take on the role of co-ordinator for a mentorship programme called Flame Initiative, which is currently being run by the Zambian Women With Skills Organisation.
“I feel young girls being mentored under this programme can benefit a lot from my own life story and how yielding to mentorship helped me get to where I am today,” she said.