Vulnerable communities in Matabeleland South Province have benefited from the goodwill gesture by the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa through the Angel of Hope Foundation following a donation of Christmas goodies.

Beneficiaries of the First Lady’s generous handouts who include three children’s homes namely Ekhaya Kip Keino in Gwanda which houses 38 children, Sacred Heart in Umzingwane with 11 inmates and Ethandweni White Waters Sai in Matobo with 44 children, expressed gratitude to Amai Mnangagwa for remembering them at a time associated with cheer and merry making.

Inmates at the Gwanda Old People’s Home also thanked the First Lady for her kindness in remembering them at this time of the year.

The other beneficiaries in the province are Indlu Yokukhanya Old People’s Home and two government run institutions that cater for migrant children and unaccompanied minors, the Beitbridge and Plumtree Reception Centres.

Speaking after handing over the goodies, Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Abednico Ncube commended the First Lady for supporting needy communities saying most of these institutions are facing budgetary constraints especially as at a time the economy is under performing.

“We as Matabeleland South want to thank the First Lady for supporting the vulnerable community of this province especially around Christmas time, but this is not the first time that she has assisted us an indication that it’s not a once-off donation but she is always with the people of this province,” he said.

The First Lady’s Angel of Hope Foundation is being supported by the Higher Life Foundation to mobilise resources for the less fortunate communities in the country.