14 March 2009

Zimbabwe: Indian Women Donate to Children's Homes

Harare — Indian Women's Association yesterday donated goods worth US$8 000 to different children's homes and other charities.

The donation included wheel chairs, crutches, walking frames, sewing machines and blankets that were distributed to six charities.

Speaking at the handover ceremony in Harare yesterday, the wife of Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mrs Usha Ashok, who is the patron of the Indian Women's Association said the association felt obliged to help the poor and needy members in society thorough fund-raising projects.

"As an association of 46 ladies our main objective is to make sure that we help the underprivileged members in our society and provide a brighter future for them and promote their well being especially of women and children."

The homes and charities which received the donations included Jairos Jiri Association, St Giles Rehabilitation Centre, Shearly Cripps Children Home, Missionary of Charity, Hatcliff Islamic Community Home and Alshifa Clinic.

Reverend Admire Chisango who received several blankets on behalf of the Shearly Cripps Children's Home said he was grateful of the gesture by the Indian women,

"We would like to thank the Indian women for the donation, it's very essential especially considering that winter season is approaching and this is a relief on our part as we did not have the funds, we are very delighted."

The IWA was established 12 years ago and its made up of 46 Indian affiliated women resident in Zimbabwe who came together for social, cultural, educational and recreational purposes.

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