Rufaro Nyadembera, who heads the United Family International Church (UFIC) charity department on behalf of  Prophets Emmanuel and Ruth Makandiwa donated top-of-the-range hospital equipment to Kadenge Rural Health Centre  as well as tonnes of goods to Tanyaradzwa Children Home in Murehwa (ca 100 km north-east of Harare) last week. 

Present at the occasion was Chief Mangwende and Murehwa’s ward 25 councillor, Geshem Tandayi, village heads and people from the community. Tandayi thanked the church and took a swipe at church leaders who do not help the disadvantaged in line with biblical principles and yet claim to serve God. 
“UFIC has risen and has managed to identify areas which need help,” he said. 

District nursing officer, Taizah Sithole, received medical equipment on behalf of the centre.  Kadenge received two  delivery beds, eight mattresses, drugs cabinet and six chairs. “No-one has ever given us anything. Things are difficult and we are grateful that there are people who think of others,” said Sithole . She challenged  the nurses to execute their duties well as equipment to do so is now available at the centre.

She also took the opportunity to highlight other areas that need attention like the waiting mothers’ shelter which needs renovations and equipment as well as the centre’s kitchen which needs to be reconstructed as it is in a shambles. “The auto way pit needs to be built as well as the incinerator. This will go a long way towards the safe disposal of sharps which cause a health hazard if not properly disposed,” she said.

She said the donation goes a long way to curb the problem of high maternal mortality rate, as many preferred to give birth at home because the centre did not have enough equipment. 

She hailed the prophets for putting others first especially the community. 

Tanyaradzwa Children’s home received 2 tonnes of maize, 500 litres of cooking oil, 240 coffee mugs, 610 kg sugar, 500 kg rice, 200 kg salt, 120 bars of washing soap, kapenta packages, sanitary towels, clothes and kitchen utensils. Twenty elderly widows received food hampers.

Almost a decade ago, the Anglican Church embarked on an ambitious medical facility at St Clare’s Mission in Murehwa. An estimated USD 27, 000 was pumped into the project, which started in 2003, by the men’s guild, known as “Vabvuwi.”  

But the project has remained at roof-level since September 2007. 

As of end 2011, churches catered for nearly a third of registered private orphanages and to date 17 children’s homes are registered and run by churches countrywide out of the 75 registered private institutions in the country.

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