Headed by Misheck Mushore (50) and his wife Mildred (43), they opened their home to orphans at the height of the 1994 drought. Touched by the plight of children left homeless and destitute through baby dumping, or due to the death of parents, the family have cared for more than 30 orphans since then – some were just a few hours old, picked up immediately after birth.
“It all started with two orphans in 1994 – one aged three and the other five. Takudzwa was abandoned by her mother after her husband died long back. Mutsawashe was found sleeping under a bridge in Zimunya township,” says Mushore.
Kelvin Mutisi, a University of Zimbabwe graduate now working in South Africa, and Getrude Madanhire, now a medical doctor in Bulawayo, are among those raised by the couple.
Besides sending the children to school, self-help and income generating skills are taught at their homestead.
“We have started a poultry project and a cooking oil processing programme. For the poultry project, we have 500 layer chickens and 200 broilers,” said Mai Mushore. Their sons Barnabas and Peter, based in England, are funding the project.
Despite the noble work being done by the Mushore family, their homestead has been attacked and labelled as an MDC-T project by Zanu (PF) officials in the area.
Recently, an NGO based in Mutare had offered to donate food stuffs and medication, but it was denied access by some Zanu (PF) officials.
“We were denied the access to the food stuffs and medicine from the NGO accusing us of housing MDC-T children. It is unfortunate that things have turned like this. But we will leave it to God and he is the one who will guide and protect us,” said Mai Mushore.
Villagers in the area have castigated Zanu (PF) for politicizing a humanitarian project, in order to score cheap political points.
“A lot of vulnerable children have been benefiting but it is unfortunate that some officials from Zanu (PF) are frustrating such noble and humanitarian efforts,” said Sameul Madekorozva a local villager.Post published in: News