The Herald (Harare)

27 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Christmas Treat for Orphans

God Parent, an organisation co-founded by broadcaster-cum-gospel musician Agnes "Eglada" Gudza and Beauty Bhulu, last Saturday held a Christmas party at Khayelihle Children's Village in Bulawayo. The Christmas party was spiced by a talent identification show which entertained hundreds of orphaned and less privileged children during the Unity Day commemorations.

Scores of children participated in various disciplines which included singing, dancing, poetry recitals and public speaking at the event and a number of them were identified and will be assisted according to their specialties.

"In the coming year, all the kids we identified during the year will be groomed by professionals in their respective fields before being taken to recording studios and some will dance on music videos and live shows.

"We are trying to give these children a chance to find their own way in life by boosting their confidence and developing their talents they will surely succeed," said Bhulu who is also the proprietor of Bulawayo's celebrated three-star Glen Lodge.

She said the organisation depended on the corporate world and philanthropists through- out the year.

God Parent has over the years held parties during public holidays at various orphanages including Rugare Orphan Care Headquarters, Nehosho Orphanage in Gweru and recently at Khayelihle Children's Village with help from businessmen Tawanda Mutyebere, owner of Chicken Slice, Bhulu of Glen Lodge and Tours and Maxwel Ngwari of Inverto Security among others.

A traditional dance group at Khayelihle Children Village called Umgido captured the imagination of everyone present and left several others in stitches with their comic antics.

Others performed individually and will also receive aid from the organisation for recordings and post-production.

"We focus mainly on talented children, identifying and promoting their talents, so that they can become successful in their respective fields, I am so happy that my dream of helping the disadvantaged children is slowly coming true.

"As a gospel musician I feel it is my duty to help the less fortunate so that I may spread the word of God through actions and I call upon my fellow gospel musicians and the corporate world to participate in this noble endeavour," said Eglada.

The head of the children's home was full of praise for God Parent.

Khayelihle Children's Village is a 250-acre ranch 19km north of the Bulawayo CBD along Robert Mugabe Way. It caters for more than 150 orphans from as young as one year to 18 years old.

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