School leavers give back to community

By Trevor Makonyonga

A group of school leavers has come up with a self-sustained organisation called Helping Hands to help orphans and the vulnerable in rural and peri-urban areas.

The organisation, Helping Hands, is aimed at helping orphans and the vulnerable children with vital needs like clothing, school fees and food.

Organisation’s treasurer, Rufaro Maurukira, said that the organisation has so far held a car wash at a local church to start fundraising for the organisation.

She said, “We have held two car washes at Church on the Rock in Western Triangle, Highfield and David Livingstone School. The church holds two services in Highfield and at the school. We managed to raise very few funds which we bought groceries to be distributed on Saturday with.”

The distribution is set to take place at Glory to Glory Orphanage in Norton.

Maurukira also said that people were welcome to donate to the organisation.

“People are welcome to contribute to our projects either in cash or in kind. They can also participate in our events because it is all for a good cause. We are currently launching a programme next week where we will be collecting warm clothing for orphans in preparation for the winter season.” Maurukira said.

Helping Hands is made up of thirteen school leavers who are determined to change the course of other youths and children. The organisation seeks to “campaign for the adoption of and vulnerable children in the society and to advance the interest of children have needs.”

According to Maurukira, the organisation is set to expand and they are determined to help the orphans from all walks of life.

“We are determined to help as many orphans and the vulnerable as we can reach. We are not an orphanage but we collect goods to help orphanages and homes with. We are not only limited to orphanages and homes but we also work with orphans from their houses.” Maurukira said.

The projects that Helping Hands are currently setting up include, Candle making, Market Gardening, Poultry, Car Washes and various other fundraisers.

The organisation was founded by Sharon Mugayi. Tinashe Rafemoyo is the director of the organisation and is the focal person for the projects that the organisation holds.

To help Helping Hands achieve their goal well wishers can contact Tinashe Rafemoyo on 0776374164.

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