The government has been called upon to assess the welfare of children being kept at various children’s homes and support them with income generating projects.
Before being transformed into a children’s home, Chambuta began as a refugee camp in Chiredzi district, hosting displaced and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries. According to Chiredzi East legislator, Cde Denford Masiya, the place used to be admirable with standard infrastructure, but has however suffered years of neglect if one considers the children’s standards of living.
Cde Masiya called for government’s intervention to refurbish the institution including the training centre that communities around also benefit from through skills development.
“When this area was transformed from being a refugee camp into a children’s home, I was here. The infrastructure and standards here were very high, however we allowed this place to be what it is today. Even well-wishers sometimes come here but they end up going due to a number of factors including poor road network,” Cde Masiya said.
The Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Cde Lovemore Matuke who handed over donations to the children’s home from the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa said as government, they are making assessments of all children’s homes so that they can work on improving the standards of living of inmates at these facilities.
“The Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare under the directive from President Emmerson Mnangagwa is doing assessments of all children’s homes to see how we can intervene to improve children’s standards of living. Communities should also play their part on the upkeep of these children,” he said.
Chambuta Children’s Home currently houses 20 children but has the capacity to take care of nearly 40 children.