The Makandiwas donate $8,000 worth of groceries, sanitary pads to Childline
FOUNDER of the United Family International Church (UFIC) Emmanuel Makandiwa and his wife, Ruth, have donated groceries worth $8 000 to Childline Zimbabwe
The donation was made through the couple’s humanitarian organisation Agape Family Care, which is an arm of the UFIC. Agape aims to assist widows, orphans, charity organisations, families, hospitals, people with medical needs and others.
Speaking during the presentation of the donation on Tuesday, Childline Zimbabwe director Stella Motsi said the organisation receives an average of 50 000 calls of distress every week.
“We cannot stand here and lie to you that we are coping when we are not. It’s overwhelming and we need everyone. We are glad the prophetess (Ruth Makandiwa) has come on board. She has held our hand and we are happy to walk with her through the journey of assisting young people,” Motsi said.
Agape Family Care official, Belinda Kwaramba, who represented Makandiwa, said a brighter future for the nation lies in children.
“Girls nowadays are more vulnerable than they were before, so we need to protect these children so that we can realise a better Zimbabwe,” Kwaramba said.
According to Childline Zimbabwe, the container will be used as a drop-in-centre in Gutu and will be made child-friendly so that people can come and report cases of abuse.
Many girls miss school because of failure to procure sanitary pads which remain out of reach for many underprivileged children.
Childline Zimbabwe offers counselling to abused children and was formed in 1997 by a group of women after they had seen an increase in the number of children on the streets.