By Nyasha Mutena
Women oriented organization, Coca-Cola Women’s Linc Zimbabwe has donated items worth over ZWL$500 000 for a poultry project to Mutemwa Leprosy Centre in Mutoko District in Mashonaland East.
The donation will go a long way to resuscitate a much-needed poultry project at the Centre. The items donated include 300 point of laying chickens, one and a half tonnes of layer feed, nine 12 litre waterfronts, nine ribbed tube feeders and stress packs. These will help the centre provide members with the required source of protein and revenue.
Speaking at the handover ceremony yesterday, 20 July 2021, Zimbabwe Women’s Linc President, Patricia Murambinda said the donation is to help restore human dignity. It will aid in taking care of community members affected by leprosy and their dependents who have been neglected and discriminated by their families and society on account of the disease.
“The poultry project will provide the much-needed protein for all at the centre as well as revenue for other essential needs. This is a fulfilment of our burning desire as caring sisters, mothers and daughters to the community of Mutemwa.
“We realised the Mutemwa community needed a project that can bring forth other developments,” said Murambinda.
“Thank you for becoming more aware of those in need, especially the poor, the sick and vulnerable, including those stigmatised and abandoned by society like Mutemwa Leprosy Centre members. We are happy to work towards self-sufficiency through farming, rearing poultry, pigs and cattle and this donation is a great contribution towards this end,” said Father Linus Mukumbuzi, Mutemwa Leprosy Centre Administrator.
Mutemwa is home to more than 50 elderly residents, including people affected by leprosy, leprosy disability and society outcasts. Mutemwa attends to around 1, 200 outpatients per year and supports others who are homeless and destitute. The centre provides physical, material, psychological and emotional care to post-leprosy sufferers, the physically and mentally challenged and the needy.
The Women’s LINC is a network of women employed in the Coca-Cola system. It is focused on engaging, inspiring and developing them to drive total business performance and establish a strong reputation as a great place to work for women. The initiative empowers women to enable others and influence their environments.