Archbishops appeal benefits communities

rowan_williamsMUTARE - The Lenten appeal by the two Archbishops of Canterbury and York, His Grace, The Right Rev Dr Rowan Williams and The Right Rev Dr John Santamu, has begun to bear fruit. (Pictured: The Right Rev Dr Rowan Williams)

The diocese of Manicaland CPCA has started to receive part of the medical supplies meant to help rural communities that are served by the diocesan-run hospitals and clinics. The diocese runs three clinics at St Augustines Penhalonga, St Werburghs Chigodora and St Peters Mandeya and a hospital at St Davids Bonda.

These health institutions benefit rural communities as they are strategically situated among the rural communities. St Peters Mandeya for example is in the malaria-prevalent area of the Honde Valley. Bonda acts as a referral hospital for many rural clinics in the Mutasa district of Manicaland province.

Speaking in an interview during the handover of the medical supplies, the Caretaker bishop of the diocese of Manicaland, the Right Rev Dr Ralph Peter Hatendi, thanked the two archbishops for their support and during these trying times for the Zimbabwean people.

We would like first of all to thank the two archbishops for their support both materially and spiritually. They have been a pillar of strength especially during these difficult times. We also appeal to those who will be administering the medicines to see to it that they benefit the intended beneficiaries. They should guard against abusing them for their own personal benefit. These medicines will help a lot in complimenting the support that we are also receiving from the government through the ministry of health, said Bishop Hatendi.

The archbishops appeal was launched in February 2009 during the season of Lent and was meant to help Zimbabweans in terms of humanitarian aid including medicines, food and agricultural inputs for the coming rainy season.

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