By Tapiwa Machemedze
RUSHINGA villagers who have been hit hard by the negative impact of Covid-19 received a boost through a donation of food hampers by a local insurance firm.
Less privileged villagers in the drought-prone Rushinga area are feeling the pinch of Covid-19 as the pandemic is stifling economic activity in addition to poor yields following a lean summer cropping season.
The villagers’ plight came under the spotlight when they received a donation of groceries from Hamilton insurance.
“I am so grateful for this food because we are unable to go out and work due to Covid-19, so we had no more food left. We are having a tough time due to Covid-19 especially the elderly who I have come to collect this food for. We hope these donors will come again soon because many remained behind but they are also in desperate need of this aid,” they said.
Hamilton Insurance Chief Executive Officer Ms Joyce Nousenga said the company values helping the needy through corporate social responsibility, sentiments echoed by Ms Evelyn Chakuinga.
“Corporate social responsibility is one of the company’s core values which motivated the donation. The best part about this is seeing the smiles on the people’s faces and we encourage more companies to follow suit,” they said.
Guest of Honour at the event, Minister of Lands Agriculture Water and Rural Resettlement Retired Air Chief Marshall Perrance Shiri applauded the gesture as villagers of border areas are often marginalised.
“Even the creator is happy with love being shown here and he is seeing the underprivileged receiving help. When these people were chosen, no political affiliation was considered and no church denomination was discriminated against. Only the less privileged were considered. Those are people gathered here,” he said.
The firm also donated 5 cell phones to various wards in Rushinga to help mitigate human-wildlife conflict which is increasing due to marauding elephants.
Rushinga villagers receive COVID-19 donations
By Tapiwa Machemedze