It was all smiles for children living in the streets of Harare as the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa held a Fun Day for them at Harare Polytechnic College where she interacted with them through fun and games.
While many children enjoy the comfort of their homes and the love of parents and relatives, there are some who are homeless, sleeping in the streets, under bridges, or on deserted properties.
Dotted across the world, society has christened them ‘street kids’ meaning they belong to the streets.
Their reasons for running away from home are varied, some petty and others valid.
Now they yearn for the normalcy of a home or anything that resembles a family.
“Ndakatiza kumba nekuti ndanga ndaba mari yamhamha (I ran away from home after I had stolen my mother’s money),” said one of the children who lives in the streets.
Amai Mnangagwa has for some time been working with these homeless children as well as some from underprivileged backgrounds as she tries to wean them off the streets and give them a better future.
This Saturday (today), she held a Fun Day affording them a chance to mix and mingle with other children in various sporting games were sport luminaries among them football legend Moses ‘Bambo’ Chunga and Justice Majabvi as well as the Zimbabwe netball Gems were present.
“Ini saamai ndinobata vana vese zvakafanana zvisinei nekuti vanogara kupi, ndinozvipira kubatsira vana vese ndisingatarise kwavanobva (I as a mother I treat all the children equally despite where they stay. I help every child without looking at their backgrounds),” said the Amai Mnangagwa.
The First Lady spent the day participating in some of the games which include ‘nhodo’, ‘pada’, ‘raka-raka’, chess and races among others.
Some of the children were thrilled for the rare opportunity to share a game with Amai Mnangagwa.
“Ndafarawo kumhanya namhamha uye kuuya kwataita pano (I am so much excited that I have come here and rubbed shoulders with the First Lady),” said some of the children who were at the First Lady’s Fun Day.
The fun filled day saw four football teams walking away with $500 each.
Four children from the House of Smiles, a football club which comprises of homeless children, were also identified to go for trials at the Moses Chunga Academy and FC Platinum.
Besides the children who live in the streets some of the invited guests came from various children’s homes in Harare which include Harare Children’s Home and Upenyu Hutsva, Tichakunda and Yemurai.