THE Adam Molai Froundation has extended their helping hand made a generous donation to the people of Bikita whose houses were destroyed by cyclone Idai leaving them homeless.
During a visit to Bikita on Wednesday, the Foundation donated part of the $250 000 donation which they had earlier donated to the Chimanimani victims to Bikita, a donation which was well received by the acting District Administrator of Bikita Mr Innocent Matingwina who is also the chairman of the Civil Protection Unit.
The Foundation also visited the affected families to assess where they can cheap in and provide more help for their sustainance.
According to Mr Matingwina 3 412 households were affected by cyclone Idai leaving 307 families homeless and 7 people dead.
This donation came after the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare Dr Judith Kateera expressed sadness over the destruction of households in the Masvingo province, during the donation for the Chimanimani victims last week at the Ministry’s offices.
The Adam Molai Foundation is a charity organization aimed at helping the less privileged people and empowering communities through various programs.
The Foundation’s programs director Mrs Nomagugu Matibiri said they were touched by the destruction of houses and loss of lives that was caused by cyclone Idai.
Mrs Matibhiri said, the Adam Molai Foundation has always been reaching out to communities and the less privileged and they were working on programs to empower such communities for their sustainability.
“In response the national disaster we are focusing on the needy in various communities. We recognize the challenges brought about by the cyclone hence the need for support. In times like these, it is not about the quantities of the donations but the any donation that has been given that matters.
“Mr Adam Molai and his wife Sandra have sent their love and have expressed their condolences to the aggrieved families affected by the cyclone. Initially the donation was going to Manicaland but we have divided it and shared it between Manicaland and Masvingo,” she said.
Mrs Matibhiri also said as a Foundation they were looking on the long term that if a disaster like cyclone Idai happens again they will look at how they can assist the victims.
Mr Matingwina expressed gratitude over the donation and said it will go a long way in helping the victims.
He however appealed for building materials so that they would build structures for the affected households to have a decent dwelling place.
“The response has been quite overwhelming as there has been a lot of donations from the corporate world. Our storerooms are almost full that is why we are trying to move out most of the stuff to the victims so that we create space for more donations that are still coming.
“We have plans to put permanent structures for the vicitims but we do not have resources so we are appealing for building materials such as timber, bricks, cement and other materials that can help in building houses for the affected families,” said Mr Matingwina.
Bikita East Member of Parliament Honourable Johnson Madhuku said, “The response has been overwhelming. People have come together despite their political backgrounds to help and schools have also chipped in which is so touching. At the moment we are trying to put out permanent structures for the affected families.