Vusumuzi Sifile/Nqobani Ndlovu
ZIMIND Publishers (Pvt) Ltd, publishers of the Zimbabwe Independent and the Standard newspapers, on Friday donated goods worth $60 million to two charity homes in Bulawayo and
Mother of Peace Community (MOPC) in Mutoko, Mashonaland East province, received 3 955 exercise books and groceries worth $30 million.
The donation was in collaboration with stationery manufacturing company, Print Originators.
In Bulawayo, the publisher donated 30 bed sheets, repaired furniture and provided refreshments for the inmates, all at a cost of $30 million.
Presenting the donation in Bulawayo, group chairman, Trevor Ncube, said the donation was a way of giving back to society, and parents in particular, for their role in the bringing up of community leaders.
“We felt it is our responsibility as people that were born, bred and grew up in the community, to go back where we come from and help in whatever way we can as a way of thanking you for all that you did for us when we were growing up,” Ncube said.
“We are proud to be here with you, rejoicing together as we owe it all to you . we have not forgotten you,” he said.
Raphael Khumalo, Zimind chief executive officer who handed over the goods to MOPC, said the move was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and a response to the touching plight of the inmates.
“Children are the future of any society. To us in the media industry, they are our future readers and advertisers, thus we have to encourage their literacy at a very young age,” said Khumalo.
He said the decision to donate books and food was after a realisation that most people are keen to provide infrastructure, not goods that would be finished after some time.
“The need at the institution is very great. Next year, about 21 children from the institution will be going for Grade One,” noted Khumalo, adding that the books would relieve pressure on the institution’s administrators and allow them to focus on other key issues.
MOPC is currently home to 152 children. About 82 of the children are orphans, 52 were dumped at birth, while eight were born to psychologically ill parents.
The chairman of Ekuphumuleni Geriatric Nursing Home, Kingsley Dube, said the donation came at the right time as the place was facing a critical shortage of bed linen and chairs. The institution has a carrying capacity of 62 inmates.
“This is a very important occasion . and in a real sense, just in the nick of time,” he said.