Eleven children and old people’s homes from across Masvingo Province were handed over with foodstuffs and blankets donated by the First Lady, Cde Auxillia Mnangagwa.

The donation comes just in time for Christmas for the homes which sometimes run short of food supplies.

Tucked in the heart of Bikita is Mtikizizi Old People’s Home, which at any given time has at least 32 inmates.

The founder of the home, Headman John Mtikizizi said lack of basic supplies is a challenge they continue to face.

The gesture by Amai Mnangagwa put a smile on the founder of the home, who believes that if more corporates could emulate the First Lady, the plight faced by orphanages and old people’s homes could be eased.

“I want to thank the First Lady for the donation. Homes such as ours in rural areas are often forgotten and this donation speaks volumes of the love she has for the country,” said Headman Mtikizizi.

Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Ezra Chadzamira, who handed over the goods, also applauded Amai Mnangagwa for remembering the less privileged.

“We thank the First Lady for these goods. Apart from the shortage of basics, some of the homes like Chingele Children’s Home in Chiredzi are faced with transportation problems as they are operating without vehicles. This results in challenges when they want to carry inmates to health institutions,” he said.

Among the homes that received the goods are: Mucheke Old People’s Home, Chamubata Children’s Home and Jairos Jiri Masvingo.

Amai Mnangagwa has already donated goods to the underprivileged in Mashonaland East Province and has pleadged to do the same to all the country’s 10 provinces.