The recently launched goodwill arm of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards; the ZAA Foundation yesterday handed over a donation of utensils and groceries to Esteemed Children’s Trust(ECT) shelter in Epworth, in their second community initiative since the launch of the foundation on 25th May.
The Foundation was represented by ZAA Alumni and current ZAA UK Sports Personality of the Year winner, rugby star Farai Mudariki who handed over the donation to the home’s caregivers, staff, children as well as founder and director Madrine Chiku who expressed her joy and gratitude.
“We are very humbled and grateful for this unexpected gesture of love and goodwill by ZAA Foundation and Farai who have come to the aid of our esteemed children at a time when we were strapped for funds,” said Pastor Chiku.
“The Trust is often faced by challenges that range from social to economic and I am very glad that our plight came to the attention of the Foundation whose swift response has brought much cheer to us. As you can see the pots and plates were badly in need of replacement and food is always a need.”
Esteemed Children’s Trust is a shelter located in the peri-urban town of Epworth, just on the outskirts of Harare and also runs a feeding program in the community. Madrine Chiku who is also a pastor, and has overseen the feeding, assistance and often sheltering of the under-privileged and orphaned in the community with many being seen through primary education up to university level, often using personal funds for the operations.
The ECT currently has 50 children on their school fees roster including one student in university at the Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT) and one of the caregivers at the shelter, Mrs Nyoni highlighted the need to source more assistance and donations for the children particularly in regards to arising needs such as stationery during school terms and also thanked the Foundation for the help.
“On behalf of the other caregivers and staff such as Mrs Mushambaropa and Education coordinator Samalani Nyoni we are truly thankful for the support that you have shown us and for us seeing these smiles on the faces of the children is priceless. It is a moment that stays etched on their memories forever and we look forward to working with you in the future as well.’’
ZAA Foundation was launched at the 9th Anniversary ZAA UK event as an independent initiative in a bid to give back to the people and nation at large through identifying needs within communities and coming to the aid by mobilising assistance through the networks and relationships cultivated by ZAA over the years, and up to £2500 was raised in cash and pledges for the assistance of the Zimbabwe Netball Team’s welfare in the UK during the Netball World Cup.
The Foundation was alerted of the ECT’s situation and rounded up a donation that consisted of groceries for the children and utensils such as plates, dishes, buckets and pots to assist in the Trust’s operations and feeding program.
Mudariki, who plays rugby in the Premiership in UK for the Worcester Warriors and the Zimbabwe national team Sables, had a tour of the shelter in Epworth as well as participate in the lunch feeding of the children hailed the initiative and pledged to offer his services to the work.
“There is a lot of love and empathy that unites and builds a community such as the work being done here by ECT and on behalf of ZAA Foundation we are glad to play a part in contributing to this cause and would like to urge everyone who can to assist in whatever small or big way they can as this goes a long way in shaping the future of our people. I am personally passionate about community work as well and will continue to work with ZAA Foundation in every way possible to develop our people, be it services, skills or material,” he said.
The rugby star, who is currently on vacation in Zimbabwe is also set to hold school visits and do free coaching clinics for rugby and sport promotion in various marginalized communities keeping in line with the Foundation’s plough back initiative which also includes skills exchange to the community.