RUTENDO Hope Foundation recently fed over 175 street children and people of little means in the Harare’s CBD and the Avenues area as part of its social responsibility programme.
The initiative, the third since the launch of the charity organisation in 2018, was held with a difference in light of the Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings and adherence to measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic amid concerns over rising infections as food was distributed to the street kids and less privileged from Innscor’s Samora Machel food court (formerly Sports Diner) to various places in the CBD.
H-Metro spoke to Doreen Zvinawashe, a volunteer member of the organisation, on how they managed to distribute the food.
“We handed out meal vouchers to the street kids and homeless in the CBD, Fife Avenue shopping centre and the Avenues areas.
“We then went to distribute food from Chicken Inn to the area around Town House and gave the visually impaired, physically challenged and the homeless who usually beg from the pavements.
“Afterwards we went back to Innscorr Food Court to distribute to the rest that had been given vouchers,” said Doreen.
Founded and directed by US-based philanthropist Caroline Makamache Moyo, the charity organisation has provided meals for the destitute and paid school fees for pupils in rural Gokwe since 2018.
Speaking from her base in Dallas, USA, Moyo said: “The give a meal campaign was born out of the need to want to celebrate Christ together with those that are less fortunate.
“Love is not love until you give it away. And love being the final commandment given to us by Christ before ascension is shown through reaching out to others and showing kindness,” Moyo added.
“Doing more to share what we have in excess and most of all taking the time out of one’s day to share it by giving someone a smile is one thing I want to commend those who volunteered to help achieve this.”
Moyo went on to thank Innscorr for their assistance.
“I would like to appreciate Innscorr for partnering us in this initiative.
“For every meal we bought they gave us a voucher for another and that made double up on the number of people we were able to feed.
“We had such an excess amount of left overs that our volunteers ended up going to the street corners to give to urchins.
“Innscor became our Santa for the homeless. I guess one good deed begets another,” she said.
“Special mention to the Innscor manager, Kudakwashe Sibanda, who was designated to assist us. An enormous thank you to the people that donated towards the initiative.”