First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe’s philanthropic work of looking after orphans and the underprivileged must be emulated by Zimbabweans for the country to make progress in dealing with poverty and other ills affecting society. The call was made by Chivi Rural District Council chairperson Councillor Killer Zivhu yesterday at Madyangove village in the district where he handed over a home he built for a local widow who had been sharing a hut with her children.
Clr Zivhu built the house through the Zimbabwe Amalgamated Housing Association (Zaha), which he leads and has built other such houses for orphans in various districts in Masvingo.
He said Amai Mugabe should be a role model to Zimbabweans considering her inspiring works among the poor.
Clr Zivhu challenged individuals and corporates to extend a helping hand to the vulnerable.
“The First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe is my role model because of her strong desire to assist the underprivileged members of our society, especially orphans,” he said.
“We should all borrow a leaf from what the First Lady is doing and assist the poor who need a helping hand to survive.
“Our First Lady Amai Mugabe has led the way for us by opening a children’s home for orphans and, we should replicate that gesture in our respective communities and change lives of fellow Zimbabweans who are in difficult circumstances.”
Clr Zivhu said Zaha was looking for funds to build a school for orphans in Chivi and exhorted Zimbabweans to assist his organisation to achieve the noble goal.
He is also assisting several orphans at Zunga Primary School in the district by paying their school fees.
“We started our programme of building homes for vulnerable Zimbabweans in 2012 and we have already built homes in Gutu and Chivi and very soon, we will be going to Tsholotsho where we have already identified families that are in dire need of assistance,” said Clr Zivhu.
Clr Zivhu handed over the three-bedroomed house and a kitchen to Mrs Elizabeth Sithole, a widow and pledged to furnish it.