Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) on Thursday donated food items worth ZW$7000 to the Gonan’ombe family of Mwenezi as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
Potraz was moved by the plight of the Gonan’ombe family after watching a broadcast on national television where they passionately appealed for assistance from well wishers.The donation included blankets, mattresses, cooking oil, maize, sugar, flour ,pots and other household essentials.
Potraz Marketing and International Relations Manager Mrs Sibo Muteyiwa said they responded to a call to assist after they had seen the story on TV.
“We saw the story on TV and through our Corporate Social Responsibility budget saw the need to help by donating food stuffs and basic items for their home which they said they did not have.”
In a speech read on his behalf by Mrs Muteyiwa, Potraz Director General Dr Gift Machengete strengthened the Authority’s need to respond to calls for help.
“The word of God says in Acts 20:35 it is more blessed to give than receive.And so today ,we have come here to support Amai Gonan’ombe and her family,who were born with disabilities.Her commitment to raising her children is far above any rubies or any other special minerals.” said Dr Machengete.
In addition,he explained how Potraz’s CSR concept is rolled out
“To us ,the establishment of a CSR strategy is a crucial component of the Authority’s quest to achieve a positive impact on society and to show that we care about our people and communities such as these.Hence ,today we are here to support the Gonan’ombe family ,whose plead went viral across the world with assistance to cover about six months of the year. It is our hope that this support by the Authority has brought today, will in a small way ,go a long way in bridging the gap that was there when we heard the plight of the family.” said Dr Machengete.
Dr Machengete also spoke on the need to give back to communities with a mindset to improve lives.
As an Authority, giving back to the community gives us a sense of purpose and meaning.Every year, we set aside a significant budget towards our CSR initiatives that not only seek to empower communities, institutions and families such as these, but also to strengthen and improve the livelihoods of those who benefit from our support, some of them whom are children.”he said
An elated Gogo Gonan’ombe could not hide her joy as she received an assortment of food stuffs and items.
“Glory be to God who has made the government respond to my call for help, truly you have done a good job helping needy orphans surely i am very grateful.”
The Gonan’ombe family has four children living with a disability.They are Nhamo (27),Sheunesu (24) and Rabson (17).The other child belongs to Gogo Gonan’ombe’s daughter, he is 9 year old Richard Muchumairi. The children need special care as they cannot do anything on their own.
Due to their condition, these children have never gone to school and there is need for assistance to take them to schools that cater for their special needs.
” The biggest challenge is sending these boys to school because there is no money and also their condition does not allow them to move long distances given the terrain in the area.The nearest school is Marirangwe Primary School and its very far from here.” said Gogo Gonan’ombe.
Narrating her story, 55 year old Gogo Gonan’ombe said she was born Dzosai Chihota and moved to Bhondora village with her late husband and their ten children in the 2000s.It was after the untimely death of her husband that things got worse because she was the second wife and did not benefit much.Her husband’s other children and family took everything leaving her with only her 3 disabled children.Her case is a typical case that resonates with a number of widowed women especially in the rural areas.
“When my husband died, his other children came and took the only cow we had and all farming equipment.They did not even consider the condition of their siblings so since then life has been tough for us.” she said
Gogo Gonan’ombe was blessed with ten children and three of them are disabled.On giving birth to 3 disabled children she said she was thankful to God for being blessed with children.
“I just said since i had been given children i must accept them as they are and take care of them as a mother and not throw them away.Children are a special gift from God”
She has been very unfortunate that neither her other children nor her husband’s family have been supportive in providing assistance to take care of the disabled children.
“My husband’s family has not any assistance when i go there crying for help.Instead they managed to take everything that my husband had left even though it was not much. My other children are failing to make ends meet as they are struggling and involved in piece jobs so asking for help from them is a difficult thing to do.” she said
Furthermore, she also made a passionate appeal for the availability of water which is a scarce commodity in their district.
“We have a serious water problem and i have to pay some people to fetch water to be able to cook and to bath the children so that they look presentable.Our nearest water source is almost 2 kilometers away and i do not have a scotch cart to use to go there and fetch more water” said Gogo Gonan’ombe.
Speaking after the handover ceremony,Potraz CSR Officer William Dzingirai said
“As Potraz we are here in Mwenezi to assist the Gonan’ombe family with some items and we expect them to last for the next 6 or so months. We are not going to stop from this donation, our CSR programmes are going to be stretched countrywide.”
G and N Queen Centre of Hope Foundation, an organization working in the district to help underprivilleged families Director Mr Gibson Taruvinga applauded Potraz for the donation.
“I am pleased with the help that Potraz has given and would like to encourage Gogo Gonan’ombe to work closely with her daughter in taking care of the family and also to use the donated stuff wisely.”
Potraz through their CSR initiatives has been donating to a number of organizations and institutions throughout the country.Recently they donated $200 000 and clothing items towards the victims of the devastating Cyclone Idai.They have also previously donated to KidzCan for children living with cancer,Albino Association of Zimbabwe and several children’s homes such as Tanyaradzwa in Mrewa,St Agnes in Gokwe and an Old People’s home in Chinhoyi. In Matebeleland North ,Macha Primary school is being built to help children who were walking more than 10km to school.