The matron of the Mbuya Nehanda orphanage centre, Auxillia Chonyera, said vandalism and neglect of   the orphanage’s infrastructure after the  death of its patron and founder, Sally Mugabe had  impacted  negatively  on the smooth running and safe keeping of orphans. At the moment they cook with firewood as the boiler, which was being used, packed up 10 years ago.

Sally died in 1992 from a kidney ailment.

“We wish  if  Mai Sally  was still alive because she  used to  provide  for the orphanage  centre that  used  to provide  for  the more than 500 orphaned children we used to keep before her  death. We have tried to find assistance from local political leaders but to no avail.

“We have a boiler which ceased to function 10 years ago, and we use firewood to cook for more than 200 children we are currently having. We used  to have  a  truck  that used to transport children to the nearest  school, which is  13 kilometers away, and  it broke  down some  years ago  and we  are failing to repair it, and children  are walking   26 Kilometers to and from the school.

“We have more than 50 teen age girls  who need sanitary wear and we are finding it  difficult to provide  all  these basic  needs because  we do not  have  any  source  of  income,” said  Chonyera.

MDC-T’s Greenbate Dongo is the legislator for the area while Hebert Murerwa of ZANU-PF is the senator.

Chonyera said as a result of them failing to provide for the orphaned children most of the orphans were finding their way back in to the streets of Harare.

“Its disappointing to tell you that most of the orphans are going back to the streets were we took them because we have no food to feed them,” she added.

Help Age Projects manager Adonis Five said his organization recently joined hands with other NGO and mobilized food items for the orphanage centre.

“We were touched by the plight of this orphanage centre and we  have mobilised some  food items which we think is  going to last for  few weeks, and we hope  that our superiors are  going to  extend our proposals through increasing the budget  they allocated  for this  project.

We also challenge other NGOs to assist in this desperate situation,” he said.If  given all the required attention the  orphanage centre, which  was a commercial  farm, has every  infrastructure that can be  used  for self  sustenance.

The orphanage centre was founded in1986 by the late first lady Sally Mugabe who had a strong passion for disadvantaged children.