By Tonderai Ndemera
A Local charity organisation, Adam Molai Foundation, has chipped in with humanitarian assistance towards relief assistance for Chimanimani and Chipinge communities that were devastated by Cyclone Idai.
Over 259 people have been confirmed dead while hundreds are still missing and thousands marooned after floods massively destroyed infrastructure in that eastern part of the country.
Speaking at the handover ceremony of goods to government through the Department of Social Welfare in Harare on Friday, Adam Molai Foundation operations manager Nomagugu Matibiri expressed sorrow over the unanticipated tragedy that ravaged the area last weekend.
“Our condolences extend to each and every one of the over 4 000 families that lost their homes during the cyclone,” Matibiri said.
“We feel it is our responsibility now as a country and our mandate as a firm to come together at this time of need and help out wherever we can to assist rescue, relieve and rehabilitate all those affected by the natural disaster.“
The foundation, which is the brainchild of local businessman Adam Molai, has partnered companies such as Pacific and Pepsi towards the humanitarian cause.
Itai Watinaye, the foundation’s chairman, said the chairty organisation would do all it could to assist families in the affected areas as well as other vulnerable communities around the country.
“We will not limit our efforts to the relief efforts in the affected areas only, but we aim to create projects throughout all the 10 provinces in the country to help people get themselves back on their feet in a sustainable environment,” he said.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare ministry secretary Judith Mateera said government welcomed humanitarian assistance coming from corporates and individuals.
“We appreciate all the efforts we see from all the organisations that have taken the initiative in their personal mandates to help out the affected areas,” she said.
“We encourage more organisations to continue to register with us so that we properly account for them and in turn publish that directly in acknowledgement.”
The Adam Molai Foundation has provided medical specialists who will be based in Mutare to assist those affected by the natural disaster. Other goods donated included blankets, mineral water, fizzy drinks and rice, among others.
Gospel musician Sabastian Magacha, who is the ambassador for the Adam Molai Foundation, expressed gratitude for the unity in relief efforts exhibited by everyone in the country.