MASVINGO – Dawn David Foundation (DDF) has handed over Christmas groceries to 55 children from throughout Masvingo Province who live with disabilities.
DDF is an organisation that caters for children who live with disabilities and other special needs.
The handover took place at Emmanuel Orphanage at Nemanwa Growth Point and DDF director Pastor Sarita Chipata led the process. Many parents attended the function.
Each child received 2litres cooking oil, sugarbeans, soya chunks, salt, 4kg rice, 4kgs flour, 4kgs sugar, spaghetti packets and 10kgs mealie meal. The foundation is also covering medical aid and paying school fees for the children.
DDF was established in December 2021 by Pastor Sarita Chitapa of the Cornerstone Fellowship International which was founded in 1995 by her husband Pastor Cleopas Chitapa. The two were the directors of the foundation and it was named after her son who lives with autism. The event was also attended by students who completed their learning at Ratidzo Zimcare trust and their teachers from Ratidzo Zimcare trust.
“We must in our communities eradicate stigmatization of people living with disabilities and have programmes to teach parents on how to live and take care of such children,” said Chipata.
Chipata holds a diploma in children and education. She has a Bsc Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy and she is a family therapist. She has an in-depth understanding of people with disabilities as she lives and supports her 28-year-old son Dawn David Chitapa whom she later wrote a book about. The book taught parents on how to take care of children with disabilities.