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I, Gertrude Mutharika, First Lady of the Republic of Malawi, is today

pleased to announce the registration of a trust in my honour with the

main objective of encouraging Malawians to work towards making
Malawi cleaner and healthier.
The Gertrude Mutharika Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM), is
envisioning increased access to participatory and improved
sanitation and sustainable community management of waste and
waste facilities in Malawi.
In making this announcement, I, as Patron and Board
Chairperson of the Trust, observe that:
Waste collection levels in Malawi are low and have triggered
widespread illegal open dumping and backyard incineration.
This has created negative environmental impacts and
increased the health risk of the residents.
Open waste dumps are primary breeding sites for
mosquitoes, houseflies, rodents and other vectors of
communicable diseases such as fever, diarrhea, cholera,
dysentery, and malaria. Loose papers and plastics that are
blown by wind result in an aesthetic intrusion of the
surrounding environment. Children are the most affected
both in the present and future times.
At this juncture, I would categorically want to state my
commitment to restoring Malawis lost Beauty by among
other things, encouraging good refuse management and
waste recycling.
I thus call on the corporate world, development partners and
all Malawians to join me in working for a cleaner, beautiful
and healthier Malawi.
Meanwhile, I would like to assure you that I will make available
more details about my vision in the next few days as we
announce the next steps in realizing my dream for a cleaner
and healthier Malawi.
In the meantime, for immediate further information, please
contact Vice Board Chairperson Dr. Collins Magalasi on P.O. Box
807, Lilongwe, Malawi | Phone: +265 1773 890; Fax: +265 1776
206, Mobiles: +265 888 866 092; +265 992 655 467, Email:
Announced this 4th day of September, 2014 in Lilongwe, Malawi
Gertrude Mutharika