Mathew Masinge, H-Metro Reporter
Caring sisters from the Coca-Cola’s Women Linc Zimbabwe yesterday handed over goods worth ZWL$500 000 to Roman Catholic’s Mutemwa Leprosy Centre.
The gesture comes at a time the leprosy centre which houses about 35 people including the elderly and destitute has been struggling to cater for the home.
Donated items by the women’s linc include 300 chicken layers, 1, 5 tonnes of layer feed, 9x12l waterfronts, nine ribbed tube feeders and stress packs meant to kick start a much needed poultry project.
Speaking at the ceremony Coca-Cola Women’s Linc Zimbabwe president, Patricia Murambinda said they have fulfilled a desire.
“The donation is to help restore human dignity and take care of our community members affected by leprosy and their dependents, who have been neglected and discriminated by their families and society on account of the disease.
“The poultry project will provide the much-needed protein for all at the centre as well as revenue for other essential needs.
“This is a fulfilment of our burning desire as caring sisters, mothers and daughters to the community of Mutemwa,” said Murambinda.
Murambinda said their women’s network will continue holding the centre dearly.
“Today (yesterday) is a big day for all of us – a milestone for the Mutemwa community that is the result of a collaborative planning effort and hard work and coordination between Coca-Cola Women’s Linc and Mutemwa administration, partners that are here today to achieve a noble goal.
“For many of us, Mutemwa has a special place in our memories and our hearts. Their need is ours too in both good and bad times.
“This is why Coca-Cola Women’s Linc will remain committed to using the resources we have for Mutemwa,” she said.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the Mutemwa Leprosy Centre, administrator Father Linus Mukumbuzi said the donation was befitting.
“The pandemic hasn’t spared the centre and we are happy that the help from the Coca-Cola Women’s Linc has met us at our point of need.
“The institution is on the verge of resuscitating self-help projects and we welcome the gesture from the women’s linc, this is a shot in the arm expected to revive us as a centre,” said Father Mukumbuzi