A delegation of officials from the National AIDS Council (NAC) led by the CEO, Dr Tapuwa Magure has visited projects of the Grace Mugabe Foundation in Mazowe to appreciate the First Lady’s contribution to national development and to the survival of disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe.

Dr Magure expressed gratitude to the First Lady for her philanthropic work and requested her to be a patron of cancer awareness programmes to help fundraise for people living with the disease.

The delegation, accompanied by the Resident Minister of Mashonaland Central Minister of State, Advocate Martin Dinha, was first taken on a tour of the Grace Mugabe Primary School, the Grace Mugabe High School, and the state of the art accommodation.

The NAC delegation ended up at the Children’s Home which accommodates over 100 children either abandoned or orphaned.

According to NAC statistics, Zimbabwe has over 800 000 orphans and vulnerable children, 88 000 of them in Mazowe district.

Chief Bushu of Mashonaland Central province bemoaned the challenge of child marriages and the abuse of women which often leads to the problem of abandoned children, saying the constitution should be observed by punishing offenders instead of sweeping the challenge under the carpet.

Advocate Dinha also thanked the First Lady for bringing development and providing jobs in the province, saying the First Family has been leading in the amount of grain delivered to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) in the province and for taking care of the needy.