CHILDREN from Danai Children’s Home will on Saturday be treated to a Christmas party at their home in Sunridge.
Silence Charumbira,Entertainment Reporter
Organised by musician, actress and businesswoman Eyahra Mathazia, the party will be after a sponsored walk from Harare Gardens to Sunridge.
The sponsored walk is a fundraising initiative whose proceeds will go to the upkeep of the children.
Speaking to NewsDay, Eyahra said she had engaged a number of celebrities to provide entertainment for the children.
“The party will be between 12 noon and 4pm under the theme Creating Memories of Fun, Love and Happiness,” she said.
“I am happy that already two sponsors have come on board — Evering Printing and Mr Max Ngangira — who donated cash.”
She expressed confidence that other sponsors would fulfil their pledges for the event.
Personalities that will grace the event include DJ Nivek, Ash Styles and Naida, Edith WeUtonga Katiji, Clare Nyakujara, Drum Café and Russo, among others.
Danai Children’s Home started in 2002 when a premature baby was dumped at 11 Broughton Drive in Sunridge, the home of Gogo Sangwemi.
By the end of that year she had four children in her house while the number grew to 19 by 2009.
To date she has 25 children from the ages of two to 17 years in her care with the majority being between the ages five to nine years old.
Through Gogo Sangwemi and her team’s hard work, all the school-going age children are in school through running their market projects and with a few children being sponsored by corporates and individuals.
“Most of these children were taken from social welfare while others were abandoned at birth or at a young age,” said Eyahra.
“Danai Children’s Home is registered with the Social Welfare department, but operates as a non-governmental organisation that survives on donations of well-wishers.”
She said the children currently face an array of problems that include food shortages, basic groceries, more volunteer workers as those that are there rarely get off days as well as payment, school fees, healthcare, bathrooms and beds among other key issues.
“We are appealing to the general public, well wishers, corporates, churches and philanthropists to assist Danai Children’s Home to be a comfortable safe haven for these precious children,” she said.
“As I said in one of my songs, small drops create a raging river.”