The Herald (Harare)

14 March 2012

Zimbabwe: Charity Begins At Home UK-Based Apostolic Sect Gives to Binga's Poor

A United Kingdom-based Christian charity organisation, Nherera neShirikadzi kuMasowe- Intandane LaBafelokazi eMasowe eChishanu Trust, is making an enormous contribution in Zimbabwe through charitable projects that have improved the welfare of the poor and marginalised in society.

The charity organisation, through its musical group Masowe eChishanu, visited Zimbabwe to launch their DVD album "Yeso Arikushevedza" on Friday last week at the Rainbow Towers in Harare.

The DVD album is a follow-up to their five-track debut CD album "Yeso Arikushevedza", which was recorded at Midnight Studio (UK) in 2010, but is marketed and distributed by Metro Studios in Zimbabwe.

Among the guests at the DVD launch were the guest of honour, Cde Webster Shamu. who is the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity and also the patron of Zimbabwe Union of Musicians, and Chipale Secondary School headmaster Mr Nicholas Ncube.

Other notable musicians who were also present included Mechanic Manyeruke and Pastor and Amai Charamba.

In his speech, Madzibaba Foreman Moyo said his organisation, apart from preaching the gospel through acapella gospel music, was committed to assisting the underprivileged and marginalised sections of society from the proceeds their CD and DVD sales.

The group was also using money earned from their farming projects back in the United Kingdom.

"We do not only sing gospel music but we also have a desire to alleviate the plight of the underprivileged people using proceeds from our album sales and farming.

"We have since used money from our album sales to sponsor Radio Zimbabwe's 'Nziyo Dzechitendero' program while widows and orphans have been supported by our organisation through its Chipale Primary and Secondary School Charity project in Binga.

"We have assisted students at Chipale Primary and Secondary schools with uniforms, stationery and text-books," he said.

In Harare, Nherera neShirikadzi kuMasowe-Intandane LaBafelokazi eMasowe eChishanu Trust has helped orphans and widows with various foodstuffs and clothing

In his speech during the DVD launch, Minister Shamu commended the apostolic sect for giving back to the community through charity and educational support for the people in Binga.

"Maita zvakanaka kubudikidza nezvamaita kuuya kuno neDVD renyu kuzomutsurudza nekusimbaradza nyaya yekunamata iyi. Muri kutsvaga kutipa shoko rekuti kana tichiimba tichitsvaga kudzidzisana shoko ramwari todawo zvakare kuwana kupunduka kwemunhu.

"Mati imimi hupenyu hwenyama hunoda kuwana rutsigiro kuti munhu agare zvirinani," said Cde Shamu amid applause from the audience. (You have done very well by coming to us with your new DVD to revive and strengthen the culture of worship among Zimbabweans. You are seeking to spread the message that worship and a decent living go hand-in-hand.)

Speaking at the sidelines of the DVD album launch, Mr Ncube expressed appreciation for the assistance given to his school from the Masowe eChishanu apostolic sect.

"We have been assisted with a set of textbooks for our school in Binga. Before this donation, we had a student-to-book ratio of 1:60 but this has now been reduced to 1:20.

"Two boys and two girls who are students at Chipale Primary School have also been assisted by Nherera neShirikadzi kuMasowe-Intandane LaBafelokazi eMasowe eChishanu Trust with school fees and stationery while one boy and a girl were assisted with exam fees.

"We are currently building a classroom block for students and a teachers' cottage and these people have promised to help us in their own way, God willing. We are thankful for every support we have received from this charity organisation," said Mr Ncube

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