22 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Early Xmas Cheer for Orphans

Christmas is a time to give. As Zimbabweans celebrate Christmas Day on Tuesday, with various programmes lined up for the day, it is important to spare something for the less privileged members of the society.

True to the spirit and tradition of giving and sharing, children from Chinyaradzo and Matthew Rusike children's homes had a special treat last week as Lion Club of Harare, a local non-governmental organisation, in conjunction with ZBC Radio Zimbabwe hosted a Christmas party for the children at Mbare Studios.

More than 100 teens attended the Christmas party that saw two of the top of the country's top musicians, Freddy Manjalima (better known as Kapfupi) and contemporary reggae crowner Jah Prayzah, entertaining them.

Speaking at the event, Lions Club Harare project's co-ordinator Zayne Guzha said the event was meant to show love and care to the children who are housed in the orphanages.

"It's a festive season and it's time to give and share. Today marks a special day as we come to mix and mingle with these children showing how passionate we are about their lives.

"We cannot be with them everyday but we have just decided to spend some time with them so that they come to know that the society loves and cares for them," said Guzha.

Rudo Muzarabani (16) of Chinyaradzo Children's Home said she was delighted to mix and mingle with teens from other homes and seeing Jah Prayzah and Kapfupi performing.

"Today I am really happy as we have gathered to celebrate our early Christmas where we come to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ courtesy of Radio Zimbabwe and Lion Club Harare.

"I want to thank Gogo for extending her invitation to our home (Chinyaradzo) so that we come to eat, dance and share life experience stories as teens," said Rudo.

Another teen, Valentine Gumbo (15) from Matthew Rusike Children's Home, shared similar sentiments.

"This is our second Christmas celebration and we are really happy with those who have come to spare a thought for us children living in different homes showing their social responsibility.

"We have come to realise that we are also remembered within the society despite not having such gatherings regularly but with such special gatherings all in all it makes a difference to us," said Valentine.

Gogo Mukube, who replaced the veteran broadcaster Miriam Mlambo popularly known as Mbuya Mlambo on her Radio Zimbabwe popular children's programme "Mitambo Yevana Vadiki" said she was happy to celebrate the day with kids.

"As someone who has devoted her life to the well-being of children this is just the beginning of my Christmas celebrations. I feel honoured to be among these kids who really need our support especially at such a special time as the rest of the world commemorates Christmas Day," said the 67-year-old granny.

Gogo Mukube has been involved in children related projects around the country for years, having started her career as a teacher.

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