The groceries which included mealie meal, cooking oil, sugar, salt, tea and flour were donated by former ZAA winners Adiel Mambara, Samantha Ncube, Sinikiwe Moyo, Samantha Tapfumaneyi, Codilia Gapare, Patrick Ndlovu and ZAA Foundation Ambassador Farai Mudariki.
“ZAA Foundation is the goodwill arm of the ZimAchievers Awards and our desire is to see positive change within our communities. We are grateful for the work being done by our community champions in helping others during these difficult times and we remain committed to assist in various ways through the Foundation and our partners,” said Maimba Mapuranga, ZAA Foundation Ambassador, speaking on the sidelines at the handover ceremony.
ECT is a self-funded charity run by Madrine Chiku which helps and sponsors children in Epworth and Caledonia through feeding programs, medication and education sponsorship. Most of the children are from disadvantaged backgrounds and face challenges to get by on a day to day basis since most are orphaned and some have special medical needs such as antiretroviral treatment (ART).
“Most of our children here face unimaginable challenges that range from food scarcity, let alone nutritional balance. Some are constantly at risk of exploitation in society and as ECT we are currently seized with trying to acquire land so we may set up a proper shelter and resource centre to meet the needs of our beneficiaries.
“In the long term we want to set up IT Labs where we can teach coding and IT courses to the children. I have been so encouraged by the togetherness shown by many people and businesses both back home and in the diaspora in aiding others and I urge everyone to keep on doing our bits of good, it goes a long way in shaping communities,” he added.
Each child received a food pack containing basic commodities and had an opportunity to share their dreams and life goals in a heartfelt session at the centre. Currently ECT Caledonia uses the home of volunteers Mr and Mrs Nyamudo as the centre for their exercises and appealed for wider assistance in securing land for the Trust as the needs and beneficiary list keeps expanding.
The ZAA Foundation was launched last year and works with the ZAA’s Alumni and partners in philanthropic work in communities. The Foundation has partnered with various causes and also made grocery and utensils donations at the ECT Epworth centre last year with Zimbabwe and Worcester Warriors rugby star Farai Mudariki, who was named as the Foundation’s Ambassador.