Three vibrant young women from Harare have taken the initiative to alleviate poverty among underprivileged children by providing them with tools and resources that will ensure a better quality of life.
Report by Melissa Mpofu, Staff Reporter
Tendai Michelle Mufunda, Chenaimoyo Sasha Mudede and Lynnette Mahlaba said they named their organisation, With Love Foundation, primarily because their actions are informed by love.
They believe that through the active participation of people from different walks of life, they can create a brighter future for the present generation.
The foundation has identified three projects, Zim Clean, Soup Kitchen and One Million Pieces, which it says will go a long way in assisting their cause.
Mudede said the Zim Clean drive was an initiative aimed at cleaning the streets of Zimbabwe.
“We are the ones who litter, so why not just clean our city? Every last Saturday of the month With Love Foundation and volunteers gathered from social network sites meet at selected areas to clean local streets,” she said.
This drive was last weekend along Airport Road in Harare.
The Soup Kitchen campaign, which was launched successfully two weeks ago at the Lutheran Church in Harare, aims to feed 5 000 people by the end of 2012.
This drive will see With Love Foundation representatives and volunteers cooking and feeding the underprivileged with wholesome soup and bread as well as teaching them on cleanliness.
Mufunda said some local farmers had already pledged produce, while supermarkets and wholesalers were being encouraged to support this cause.
Through the One Million Pieces project clothes are collected and given to the needy.
“This project is not limited to individuals, but also to larger organisations that have in turn designated days on which employees can bring clothes to their places of work. With Love then organises the days for collection,” she said.
Plans are underway to give some clothes to the Children’s Empowerment Trust in Hatfield, which houses 57 HIV positive children. This drive aims to have collected one million or more pieces of clothing by end of year 2013 that will then be distributed to various orphanages and those in need.