5 January 2013

Zambia: Miss Universe Zambia Donates to Chunga

MISS Universe Zambia Alice Rowland Musukwa put a smile on faces of old people in Chunga Township after she donated food items, clothes, blankets and mattresses to the old people during the festive period.

Alice, who is director of Miss Teen Zambia, says she has always wanted to help old people who rarely fend for themselves.

She says her ultimate vision is to form a charitable organisation to look into the welfare of the old people in society.

"I guess this is the foundation of my dream as I do not intend to stop this work ... I do not have the wealth but God has given me wisdom, confidence and courage to do what I can within what I have for my old mothers and fathers," she says.

The international runway model says she was touched with a story of one 87-year-old Cared Nkhoma who narrated to her how he was waiting for death to take him as he had nothing to live for.

Mr Nkhoma who is now visually-impaired is said to have told Alice that he feeds from neighbours because all his children and his wife have died.

Before Alice came in to help, Mr Nkhoma slept in a one room apartment on a bare concrete floor with torn blankets.

"After hearing these words and seeing the reality on the ground, I cried and told myself that I have to at least put a smile on this man's face in the enduring days of his life" said Alice.

Alice extended her giving hand to more than 20 old people in the township and has called on well-wishers to go in such places or indeed go through her in an effort to reach out to more senior citizens who are venerable people in the society.

Alice says she is ready to be an ambassador for anyone who would love to touch old people's lives in such a way as she will always find time to do this charitable work with a sense of passion and pleasure.

"I can't manage to build houses for our old parents around but I will always remember what my late mother used to tell me that the greatest gift you can give is to make someone happy," Alice says.

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