PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife Elizabeth Macheka was on Friday overcome by emotions and broke down in tears while donating to underprivileged children during a luncheon at her Highlands residence.
Report by Kupakwashe Makonye, Own Correspondent
Macheka could not hold back tears while introducing Bridget Mandimutsira whom she is assisting to get medication from South Africa. Bridgette suffers from xerodema pigmentosum, a skin condition and her plight has been highlighted in the NewsDay Cares column that appears elsewhere in this paper.
“I enjoy making a difference in children’s lives and the money I am using to do this is proceeds from my bridal shower gifts. I was touched after reading a story in a local newspaper (NewsDay) of a child who needed financial assistance. She had a condition that caused so much pain and discomfort,” Macheka said before breaking down in tears. After regaining composure, Macheka said she was happy Bridgette’s condition was improving.
“What pains me is that there are children out there in similar situations like Bridgette, but were not fortunate enough to get a helping hand. I am assisting three disabled men I met in Zaka during the PM’s outreach and I was touched by just looking at them.”
Macheka was assisting the three with equipment and money to start self-help projects. She also donated galaxy tabs, notepads, wheelchairs and blankets to children from King George VI Primary School in Bulawayo and others from New Hope in Mutoko.
“I started this project of helping children back in 2009 before I became the PM’s wife and my aunt (Mrs) Mlambo who is in the United Kingdom encouraged me to do so. These children from New Hope are some of my pioneer children who I assisted,” Macheka said.