Donations help new clinic for children in Odzi

District Outreach for Care Support (DOCAS), part of the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe (AFM), has sourced medical equipment and furniture worth thousands of dollars to help disabled children in Manicaland.

Donations from the USA have helped a local charity set up a clinic for disabled children.
Donations from the USA have helped a local charity set up a clinic for disabled children.

The equipment, donated by Mount Olives in the USA, will be used to set up a clinic to cater for children with various ailments, including Duchene muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD is a rapidly progressing form of muscular dystrophy that affects mainly boys. Donations included beds, linen, rehabilitation equipment, wheelchairs, crutches and other aids.

DOCAS chief executive officer Togara Mapingure said the decision to open a clinic came after four children in a local family were affected by the disease. They failed to get help from any local hospital and were briefly admitted to an army field hospital before being discharged. DOCAS was touched by the plight of the family.

Mapingure said he was grateful to their partners in the USA for extending a hand of friendship and helping the less privileged in the community.

“We are grateful to Mount Olive for helping us realise our dream of establishing a centre that will assist children with disabilities,” he said, adding that the project would be first of its kind in Manicaland province.

The project will save local people from travelling long distances in search of better medical facilities in other provinces.

Meanwhile, Mapingure said more than 300 orphans were also being supported through the DOCAS scholarship fund. He said they were working on a number of projects to improve the lives of the disadvantaged in the community.

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