HAVING been raised by her grandmother in Mbare, popular model Samantha Dika grew up knowing how a loving heart can see a disadvantaged person.
The vivacious former Miss Harare recently revealed her generosity and kindness when she arranged and took part in a repainting exercise of Happy Organsiation, an organisation that looks after orphans and widows in Chitungwiza.
After realising that the paint of the building was wearing off, the Miss Global 2013 Finalist thought it wise to mobilise resources from companies for the betterment of the children.
Moreover, the beauty queen, who is also a fashion designer, participated in the repainting of the building herself.
“It is the obligation of all people to take care of the unfortunate ones through developmental projects that will benefit a lot of people, especially orphans.
“It is not that easy, but if one can get an opportunity, he or she will think of giving back to the community,” she said.
It took a brave heart for Dika to mobilise resources for the repainting of the orphanage.
“It was not an easy road for the project to be successful. I approached many companies and organisations and fortunately, Astra Paints helped us a lot. They provided the much-needed paints while PG Glass Hardware provided windowpanes since we needed to replace the old ones.
“We also held a braai party for the kids on the same day and thanks to Carswell meats who gave us a lot of meat and sausages,” she said.
Speaking during the repainting event, Happy Organisation Director Grace Isufu hailed the project and thanked Dika and sponsors for all the support.
“On behalf of orphaned and needy children, widows and needy women under the umbrella of Happy, I wish to express my sincere gratitude for the support we got today from our sponsors who supported the event.
“We are very grateful to Samantha Dika for coming up with the concept, co-ordinating with the sponsors as well as her own sponsorship. Let me say in the history of the organisation, this is the single biggest support that we have received on behalf of our needy children and women.
“Challenges continue to be met, but we believe with this kind of support together with our sponsors we will be able to reduce poverty and suffering among the vulnerable children and women in Chitungwiza community,” she said.
Chitungwiza residents interviewed hailed the beauty queen for her unconditional love for the unfortunate people.
“We are really grateful that there are people who have the unfortunate people at heart, like Samantha who came up with this idea of repainting the building and having braai with the little children.
“Very few people can do such a thing,” said Rose Bandama, a resident in Chitungwiza.
Another resident Joseph Chinouriri echoed the same sentiments.
“We are really appreciating the good works done by the model and her other friends. The community has benefited a lot form such a nice project,” he said.