The First Lady, Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa has emphasised the need to support children at various children’s homes and those in the streets by ensuring access to decent accommodation and other social amenities.

Amai Mnangagwa this Tuesday visited Chambuta Children’s Home in Chiredzi, identifying home as a potential rehabilitation centre for children living and working on the streets.

The First Lady highlighted the need to improve the welfare of children kept at various children’s homes and accommodate those in the streets.

“We are here because this is where various children from displaced families and streets have found refuge and we would like to see if the living conditions here are up to standard. This home has been here for years and years and I am pleased that it is running, but it needs to be revamped to reach its full potential,” said Amai Mnangagwa.

The First Lady also spoke on the need to protect and ensure access to healthcare facilities to women and children in rural communities.

“I have noticed that the nearest hospital is in bad condition. Something needs to be done as women and children are meant to be first priority when it comes to health services,” she added.

The Minister of State for Masvingo Province, Cde Ezra Chadzamira applauded Amai Mnangagwa’s work in the province, including income generating projects for women and children she has since launched.

“We are very grateful with the great work that the First Lady has done in uplifting the lives of women and children in Masvingo. We have seen that she is very passionate about their emancipation and livelihood,” he said.

Before being transformed into a children’s home, Chambuta began as a refugee camp, hosting the displaced people and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries.

Although now in bad shape, the home houses 21 children, with a potential to accommodate nearly 200 children if renovated.