The Herald (Harare)

28 June 2012

Zimbabwe: Empower Vulnerable Children - Seed CO

The corporate world should empower vulnerable and orphaned children as they can contribute meaningfully to the development of the country, a Seed Co official has said.

Speaking at the hand over of groceries worth US$900 to Harare Children's Home yesterday, Seed Co group public relations and communication manager Ms Marjorie Mutemererwa said concerted efforts were needed to improve the living standards of needy children in the country.

The groceries included 14 bars of soap, tomato puree packages, 60kgs of margarine, 10 cases of baked beans and maize meal.

The seed company pledged to give 360kgs of maize meal to the orphanage every month.

"It is the duty of everyone to look after needy children. These children are our future leaders and therefore should be given necessary support. All corporates should be good citizens, investing in the future leaders that is, the orphaned, disadvantaged and vulnerable children," she said.

The donation, done jointly with Olivine, was part of the Day of the African Child commemorations.

Mrs Mutemererwa said vulnerable and orphaned children had the potential to develop societies they grew up in if supported adequately.

She said education was vital for the development of any nation.

"There is every reason to educate these pupils because education forms the backbone of every developing country. The best investment you can give to a child is proper education," she said.

Children, she said, were a gift from God and should be loved and given necessary care.

Olivine marketing and sales director, Mr Farai Mtangadura, said underprivileged children had a right to basic rights.

He said Government alone would not succeed in assisting the needy.

"If ever a child is to become helpful to his or her country, we should give them what they need. It is not Government's responsibility alone to support underprivileged children. Government has many obligations and is committed to a lot of things hence the need for various groups to support orphans," he said.

He said Olivine will continue working with the underprivileged to develop the country.

"We are not ending with this donation. It is our hope that we will continue mobilising resources to support the children," he said.

Harare Children's Home director, Sister Maria Sithole, expressed gratitude to the two companies saying they had brought "light" to the institution.

"This gesture is a welcome development and will go a long way in alleviating poverty. It is difficult to look after children as they require a lot of things thus we value each and every contribution," she said.

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