By Staff Reporter
HARARE – Smiles have been brought to Mutemwa Leprosy Centre in Mutoko District of Mashonaland East following a donation of items worth over 500,000 Zimbabwe dollars from Coca-Cola’s Women’s LINC Zimbabwe Chapter to resuscitate a much needed poultry project
The items include 300 points of laying chickens, one and a half tonnes of layers feed, nine 12 litre waterfronts, nine ribbed tube feeders and stress packs that will help the centre provide members with the required source of protein and revenue.
Speaking at the handover ceremony held in Harare yesterday ,Coca-Cola Women’s Linc Zimbabwe Chapter President and General Manager, Corporate Affairs at Delta Corporation,Patricia Murambinda said the donation was aimed at helping restoration of human dignity and to take care of the community members affected by leprosy and their dependents, who have been neglected and discriminated by their families and society on account of the disease.
“Today, the Coca-Cola Women’s Linc Zimbabwe chapter gather here for this important event where we handover items above ZWL$500 000 for a poultry project to a deserving recipient in the form of Mutemwa Leprosy Centre.
“It 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.
“The poultry project will provide the much-needed protein for all at the centre as well as revenue for other essential needs. 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 is committed to using the resources we have for Mutemwa. We will always do our very best to deliver an in initiative that will help others and contribute meaningful projects and interventions like this poultry project,” said Murambinda.
She added that this was a fulfilment of their burning desire as caring sisters, mothers and daughters to the community of Mutemwa explaining that the project will go a long way in improving the living conditions of the community.
“We realised the Mutemwa community needed a project that can bring forth other development.”
Murambinda also appreciated the participation and interest by Delta Corporation, Schweppes and Coca-Cola companies for granting them the opportunity to express themselves to other members of society.
The donation is coming just two months after the Coca-Cola Women’s Linc handed over a fully furnished block of four classrooms and a modern office to Cheuchi Primary School, a satellite-rural school in Makonde district in Mashonaland West.
Receiving the donation, Mutemwa Leprosy Centre Administrator, Father Linus Mukumbuzi expressed his gratitude to Coca-Cola Women’s Linc Chapter pointing that the centre will be able to self sustain itself from the project.
“Thank you for becoming more aware of those in need, especially the poor, the sick and vulnerable, including those stigmatised and abandoned by society like Mutemwa Leprosy Centre members. We are happy to work towards self-sufficiency through farming, rearing poultry, pigs and cattle and this donation is a great contribution towards this end,” he said.
The Women’s LINC is a network of women employed in the Coca-Cola system focused on engaging, inspiring and developing them to drive total business performance and establish a strong reputation as a great place to work for women.
The initiative empowers women so that they can also enable others and influence their environments. The Zimbabwe LINC chapter draws its membership from The CocaCola Company, Delta Beverages and Schweppes Zimbabwe Limited.
The Coca-Cola Women’s LINC was established to enhance the attraction, engagement and development of female colleagues through opportunities such as industry panels, networking events, mentoring, and community engagement which forms the heart and soul of its operations.
Mutemwa is home to more than 50 elderly residents, including people affected by leprosy, leprosy disability and society outcasts.
The centre attends to around 1, 200 outpatients per year and supports others who are homeless and destitute. It also provides physical, material, psychological and emotional care to post-leprosy sufferers, the physically and mentally challenged and the needy.
By Staff Reporter