First Lady implores spirit of foster care

FIRST Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has reiterated her calls for Zimbabweans to provide foster care to children orphaned by the HIV and Aids pandemic, who now contribute a large percentage of minors in orphanages across the country.

By Nhau Mangirazi

Auxillia yesterday handed over groceries to seven children’s homes in Mashonaland West.

“The HIV and Aids scourge has affected most families, which has seen the rise of child-headed families and orphans, some that have been abandoned due to disability,” she said.

“We must have a mindset shift and assist them for a better future. The children are our future so we must be seen helping them.”

Mnangagwa bemoaned the economic challenges facing the country that have resulted in cash-strapped children’s homes failing to register.

“We must impart skills to them (abandoned children and orphans) and empower them so that they remain part of us,” she said.

Kadoma Training Institute, Good Shepherd, Kagali, Eden Glory to Glory and Vimbainashe chidren’s homes received groceries in form of cooking oil, sugar, salt, soap and rice, among others, as well as stationery.

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  2. Onias Steve Tapera

    We hail the First Lady’s passion about the orphaned children who are living in orphanages around the country and for her call for Zimbabweans to foster these children. However, I would to differ on the issue of foster care and putting the children in orphanages. The only downside of orphanage model of orphan is that it is not sustainable the model requires a massive resources to cater for the children. Moreover, the orphanage setting is not the best environment for children to grow in. The best environment is for the children to grow in a loving, caring and nurturing family setting. One thing I know is that most of these children who end in orphanages do have extended family members who could care for them if resources are provided to them. So, instead of promoting orphanages, why can’t we focus on reuniting the children with their extended family members and then create a national fund to assist these families to take care of the orphans? This is a more sustainable ans humane model than putting children in institutions. We have a a saying in Africa that “it takes a village to raise a child”. It does not take an institution like an orphanage to raise a child.

  3. Wowza, problem solved like it never hadepnpe.

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