The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: NSSA Extends Xmas Cheer to Bumhudzo

The National Social Security Authority's executive management on Tuesday donated groceries and blankets worth more than US$3 500 to residents of Bumhudzo Old People's Home and Hospital in Chitungwiza.

The groceries included cooking oil, maize-meal, rice, sugar, salt, peanut butter, beans, fruits, powdered milk, meat, bath soap, washing powder, floor polish, bath towels and various cleaning detergents.

NSSA general manager James Matiza handed over the donation to the home's administrator, Major Jetro Chidamba of the Salvation Army.

Also present at the handover was NSSA corporate services director Tendai Mafunda, finance director Patrick Mapani, director of contributions and compliance Barnabas Matongera, human resources manager Kudakwashe Kowo, public relations manager Philemon Chereni and other members of the authority's public relations and corporate services departments.

Addressing the residents and staff at the old people's home, Mr Matiza said for the past two years, staff at all NSSA's regional offices had raised money from their own pockets to assist those in need. The authority then trebled the amount.

"After visiting several institutions, NSSA felt that Bumhudzo Old People's Home and Hospital needed assistance the most.

"We hope that this donation will help cushion your current problems and help you enjoy the coming Christmas holidays," he said.

He pointed out that the residents of Bumhudzo Old People's Home and Hospital were in the age group that NSSA's pension fund was intended chiefly to benefit.

"We are at home here because you are the people we deal with on a daily basis at NSSA," he said.

Mr Matiza added that the authority's schemes were intended to help prevent and alleviate poverty.

Bumhudzo Old People's Home and Hospital started operating as a home for the elderly in 1974. The hospital was built in 1980.

The home cares for elderly people who are 60 years old and above. The Salvation Army, which manages the home, ensures that the residents are well taken care of with the assistance of qualified nurses and other staff.

Major Chidamba praised the authority for not only ensuring workers are catered for when they retire but for providing the sort of corporate social responsibility assistance it was providing to Bumhudzo.

He explained that although Bumhudzo Old People's Home and Hospital can accommodate 110 people it currently only has 48 people due to lack of funding, as the home relies solely on donations.

"Thank you very much for the donation. We really needed it. We cannot give you anything in return but would like to let you know that you will be in our prayers every morning and that God blesses you always," he said.

The home's projects officer, Captain Emmanuel Moyo, also thanked NSSA, adding that he was glad that NSSA chose to make the donation to Bumhudzo Old People's Home and Hospital at a time when it was in dire need of assistance.

"Our storeroom was virtually empty but now it is full and we will soon get started on our Christmas celebrations," he said.

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