PSMAS staff donates to charity
The Society handed over groceries and clothes worth over USD$1 000 contributed by staff to Kutenda Children’s Home in Bindura.
Handing over the donation, Communications and Stakeholder Relations Manager Ms Paidamwoyo Chipunza said the gesture was motivated by the need to also play a part in alleviating some of the challenges faced by vulnerable members of the society.
She said this was more important during the festive season as it is often considered a time for giving.
“Staff who contributed towards this worthy cause felt they were also obliged to bring smiles on the faces of not only their children but other children living around communities they operate from, who have no one to look up to,” she said.
She said because of the massive response from each and every employee, the contributions impacted in a huge way to children at Kutenda Children’s home.
Speaking at the same occasion, workers committee chairman, Mr Girdlestone Mutambara thanked the Maponga family who took it upon themselves to look after vulnerable members of the society.
“These children are our future leaders and they ought to be protected and assisted in whatever way possible for them to achieve their dreams,” said Mr Mutambara.
Earlier, one of Kutenda children’s home administrators had told PSMAS officials that children brought to the home were either sexually or physically abused by close relatives.
“Most of our children are victims of abuse. They are brought in by Ministry of Social Welfare and they come from different areas from as far as Rushinga, Mt Darwin and so on.
“Some were sodomised by their fathers, some raped by close relatives while others experienced different forms of physical abuse,” said Mrs Maponga.
She said PSMAS assistance came in handy at a time they had just lost most of their groceries to thieves.
“Just last week, we lost most of our food reserves to thieves. The thieves broke a window pane to our storeroom and got away with everything to the extent that we didn’t even know what else we could eat for the next meal except for our mealie rice.
“I would like to thank PSMAS for their generosity and dedication. We truly have been blessed to have you remember us especially at a time like this. Kutenda’s Children Home is not well known and our children have felt the love and they really appreciate this kind gesture”.
For their everyday survival, Kutenda Children’s Home relies on proceeds from a poultry project and handouts from donations, mostly from children of the founder of the home who are based in the diaspora.
They also carry out farming activities for their everyday mealie meal and relish.
The founder of the home is now late.
The home currently houses 22 children, 12 girls and 10 boys with the youngest being a four year old girl.