Patrick Chitumba, Midlands Bureau Chief
FIRST Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has through her philanthropic organisation, Angel of Hope Foundation, donated food to 10 children’s homes in the Midlands Province.
The homes which include two which cater for children with physical and mental challenges are located in Gweru, Kwekwe, Zvishavane, Shurugwi and Silobela.
The donated groceries include mealie-meal, rice, cooking oil, soap and soya chunks.
The First Lady is the country’s health ambassador with a passion for the welfare of children, women and other vulnerable groups.
Speaking during the handover of the donation at the Government Complex in Gweru, Midlands Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Larry Mavima, who was representing the First Lady said the donation comes at the right time as a lot of children’s homes are facing challenges feeding children.
“Allow me to acknowledge the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa through her philanthropic organisation Angel of Hope Foundation for this generous donation to these vulnerable groups, your support is valuable to us and it shows that you are indeed a mother of our nation,” he said.
Minister Mavima said through her philanthropic work, Amai Mnangagwa was changing lives across the country.
“Your efforts Amai are commended as you are going around the country changing lives of the ordinary people. You are a special type of a person that changes lives and makes the world a better place. Thank you Amai for this great donation to the Midlands province and throughout the entire country,” he said.
“In these tough times you have decided to think about the less privileged as most of these homes you are donating to are struggling to cope because of Covid-19.”
A representative of the beneficiaries, Sister Stella Khumalo from Gweru-based Queen of Peace Rehabilitation home said the lockdown period has been difficult for a lot of homes.
“We are very touched and humbled by this donation which is coming at a time when we really needed assistance in the form of food and hygiene. This donation has food and soap and we appreciate the gesture by Amai Mnangagwa,” she said.