AFRICAN ambassadors based in the country have hailed Mama Maria Nyerere's efforts in caring for orphans and children living in difficult conditions before contributing US Dollars 6,500 towards that cause.
Speaking while handing over the cheaque to Mama Maria at her home in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday, the Dean of African Diplomatic Corps, Ugandan Ambassador to Tanzania Ibrahim Mukiibi, said the contribution is in recognition of her efforts of providing for orphans and destitute children.
He said lack of basic services for children including food and education is a major problem in African countries, noting governments of individual countries are pooling efforts to address the problems. The Kenyan Ambassador to Tanzania, Mutinda Mutiso, said the contribution is also part of the 50 years celebrations, marked in the country last year.
It was during a tour of Butiama during the 50-year anniversary that the Diplomats learned of Mama Maria's efforts in supporting underprivileged children. The late Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere's widow expressed gratitude for the contribution noting that it has propelled her to take up her project, after doctors had advised her to take a rest due to health problems.
"I am strong now after 3 years of rest, I will continue providing assistance to these orphans and children living in hardships," she explained. She said that together with Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, they used to feed orphans and children living in difficult conditions with food cultivated from their land.
Mama Maria said they noticed that once the children were well fed, attendance in schools would increase. The envoys who were in attendance include Thanduyise Chiliza (South Africa), Ishaya Majabi (Nigeria), Edzai Chimonyo (Zimbabwe), Japhet Isaack (Namibia), Ms Flossie Gomile Chidyaonga (Malawi), Benjamin Rugangazi (Rwanda), Jancinto Maguni (Mozambique) and Halfan Mpango (DRC).