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Children’s home sends distress signal

BY TATENDA SQUARE

A CHILDREN’S home based in Waterfalls, Harare, has appealed for donations to sustain its operations following the downward spiral of the economy.

The home, named after its founder Patricia Rhoda Jabangwe, affectionately known as Gogo Jabangwe, caters for orphans and vulnerable children aged between four and 18 years.

Gogo Jabangwe said the home, founded in 2009, has been doing well over the years, but the continued downward spiral of the economy is taking its toll on efforts to keep it running.

“Over the years, we were able to meet the children’s needs such as food, shelter, medication, education, training and toiletries but we have been struggling of late due to the economic situation,” she said.

Apart from the challenges posed by failure to meet the needs of the children, the home is struggling to take care  of its five workers.

Gogo Jabangwe said they had embarked on a livelihoods project where children and staff members grow vegetables for their sustenance.

“Apart from vegetables, we have a poultry project in which we keep roadrunners for eggs and broilers for meat. However, the fowl run also requires mending and sprucing. Another challenge we have is that of unreliable electricity supply to pump water for our boreholes,” Gogo Jabangwe said.

The organisation also needs to employ a second in-house matron to attend to the older children and a qualified teacher or a social worker to handle the adolescents’ transition into adulthood.

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