The First Lady, Amai Grace Mugabe, has called on Zimbabwean women to extend their care-giving duties to orphans and the elderly in the community and stand firm in inculcating national values and morality in the family.
Amai Mugabe was speaking during a presentation ceremony of food stuffs for â€˜Mhuri Yedu Orphan- Feeding Schemeâ€™ for Shamva North and South constituencies at Madziwa in Mashonaland Central province on Friday.
In her address, the First Lady said women have a duty to take care of the underprivileged such as children orphaned by HIV and AIDS and the elderly.
â€œCommunities should pool resources and assist underprivileged children and reduce the problem of children living on the street and juvenile delinquency,â€ Amai Mugabe said.
Amai Mugabe also strongly denounced the tendency of exploiting children through child labour and other child abuse activities.
She also commended the founder of the â€˜Mhuri Yedu Orphan- Feeding Scheme,â€™ Mrs Goche, wife to Minister of Transport, and Infrastructural Development,Â Cde. Nicholas Goche, for a job well done in setting up the scheme that takes care of underprivileged children.
The scheme, which is currently supporting some 300 needy children and elders, was started in 2007 and has since extended to Shamva North Constituency.
Mrs Goche said love was the driving force behind the establishment of the scheme.
She however expressed disappointment that some children are being pulled out of the scheme prematurely by some guardians.
At the end of the proceedings, Amai Mugabe donated groceries that included sugar, cooking oil and rice.