Pure Oils, through their ZimGold brand have donated 25 cases of 750ml bottles if cooking oil to Touching lives Africa organisation. The donation is worth Rtgs$75 000. This is part of their relentless efforts in supporting vulnerable communities under the companyâ€™s ZimGold Givers Community Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
Speaking during the handover ceremony today, Pure Oils Head of Marketing and Public Relations, Lesley Gibbons had this to say;
â€œThis is the second donation out of the five targeted beneficiaries that the company has committed to assist. Under the ZimGold Givers, Pure Oils identifies community heroes who are doing remarkable work to uplift their communities.
â€œThe communityâ€™s heroes will distribute the products to the less privileged families in the communities they serve. Our first donation was to Lynde Francis Trust who serve vulnerable families in Chitungwiza, but we are targeting to assist five such organisations and heroes in the next few months,” she said
Touching Lives Africa is a Zimbabwean registered non-profit organisation passionate about impacting vulnerable livelihoods. Touching lives Africa was founded by Rabison Shumba, well known for fundraising sanitary wear for girls under the PadShopper project, among other initiatives.
They provide humanitarian support in the areas of food security, livelihood support, health, education and income-generating projects focusing on women and children.
Touching lives Africa is famous for its #PadShopper initiative which sought to give pads and other sanitary wear for underprivileged girls to improve access to health and sanitation.
Also speaking at the event, Touching lives Country Director Mrs Hope Mudangwe said;
“We are very happy with what Zimgold has done for us. This donation will go a long way in assisting vulnerable members in our communities. We identified 8 different homes who are going to receive the cooking oil”.
She mentioned that the 8 homes which are set to benefit from the donation are Mazoe South Girls home, Mbare Orphans, Ndaiziva Capacity Building, Kambuzuma Orphans, Ladies with Albinism (Global Aid Zimbabwe), Hope Resurrect Trust, Shungu Dzevana Orphans and Zimwana Trust Caledonia.
Meanwhile, apart from offering groceries, the company is also offering scholarships in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The STEM scholarships saw beneficiaries- Lovejoy Gushungo and Sosten Magweva getting a once in a lifetime opportunity to pursue master’s studies at the Institute of Technology Palakkad (IIT) in India. The two are currently in India, studying Mechanical Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering, respectively.
Pure oils is expected to award scholarships to beneficiaries this year as well. Those who qualify will be announced in due course.