Woman brings hope to orphaned girls

The heavy rains in Manicaland province last week did not dampen the spirit of hope for a brighter future to disadvantaged girls at Mhanda primary and secondary schools.

Girls from Mhanda schools are proud of their new uniforms.
Girls from Mhanda schools are proud of their new uniforms.

Maud Muzondo, who grew up in the area, donated school fees, uniforms and shoes to ten orphaned children aged between five and 15 in Rukweza village.

“I realised that the protracted pressures of the economic conditions had brought catastrophe to the less privileged in the community, especially girls. I hope this donation remains a string of hope for the future of these girls,” said Muzondo at the donation ceremony.

Muzondo, who grew up as an orphan and now owns private hospitals in Chitungwiza and Harare, has dedicated her life to raising awareness of the plight of girls living in poverty.

“In 2001, I felt a need to help these orphaned children while working as a home-based care officer with the ministry of health and child welfare. While working with communities, I realised that less privileged children, especially girls needed help, and I started assisting them, taking clothes and food to them,” she said.

She added that, over the years, her eyes had been opened to the incredible need for a healthy life, nutrition, sanitation and protection of vulnerable children.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, the headmaster of Mhanda secondary school, Jeffries Kamusoko, said: “I am grateful to Ms Muzondo for giving these children a future. For me, it’s a privilege to have an opportunity to see first-hand how this kind of love can make a real difference in children’s lives.”

A tearful form four student, Ida Mukoyi, said: “I am elated at the opportunity to finish my schooling. I was without hope and I doubted whether I would finish my ordinary level, but now I will be able to finish my schooling and I hope to pass. I want to thank her (Muzondo) for remembering us, the less privileged children.”

The headman of the area, David Mhanda, thanked Muzondo for remembering her community and transforming the lives of the children.

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