October 20, 2018 will be a memorable day for children and staff at Shungu Dzavana Trust Children’s Home who received goodies from the United Methodist Church Harare East District Cluster 3.
By Blessing Mandabva
The cluster is made up of United Methodist churches in Hatfield, Msasa Park, Prospect and Cranborne.
It was a touching moment when children at the centre recited poems and sang songs welcoming the church entourage.
The church donated groceries, stationery and gas worth $1 000. Leaders from Cluster 3, who included Reverend Jospeh Bonga, Reverend John Makaniko and Reverend Noah Chikuni, took turns to applaud the great work done at Shungu Dzevana Trust Children’s Home, particularly the centre’s founder and director Sister Mercy Mutyambizi for creating a conducive and safe place for children.
The cluster church lay-leader, Florence Mapenzauswa, promised to give maximum support to the home.
“We will keep supporting this centre and we will be frequenting this home assisting the good work done by Sister Mutyambizi,” she said.
Shungu Dzevana Trust Children’s Home was founded in 1992 and over the years the centre has been receiving support from various organisations.
According to Sister Mutyambizi, assistance has come in the form of school fees and groceries.
“We are happy with the support coming from churches and other organisations, but we hope the corporate world and government can do more,” she said.
Sister Mutyambizi said they would be delighted if power utility Zesa and the local authority offer them free services.
Apart from donations, the Shungu Dzevana Trust Children’s Home founder indicated that the home was running self-reliant projects like poultry and gardening.
The centre is home to 437 children, with 68 residing there while the rest are staying with foster parents and families throughout the country. Among the children staying at the centre, seven are at Catholic University, four are at Midlands State University, three at Chinhoyi University of Technology, three at Bindura University, one at the National University of Science and Technology and four at the University of Zimbabwe.