GUTU- The Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC) has embarked on distribution of food aid to marginalised rural communities with the latest beneficiaries being villagers from Chiguhune area in Ward 2, Gutu East Constituency.
Villagers were gathered at Denhere Shopping Centre and Chiguhune Primary School where ZCC donated food hampers which contained salt, mealie meal, sugar beans and cooking oil to each deserving household.
The food aid was distributed in partnership with the United Church of Canada, Canadian Food Grains Bank and the Government of Canada, ZCC humanitarian services director Maria Tendai Dendere told The Mirror.
Beneficiaries were gathered whilst observing social distancing and wearing face masks as prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus where the Government has invoked stringent lockdown measures in view of the spike in infections recently.
“As a result of the effects of successive droughts and cyclones, we didn’t realise any meaningful harvests. We would sometimes sleep on empty stomachs because we had nothing to eat after poor harvests. We are very grateful to ZCC for coming to our rescue,” said Innocent Makore one of the beneficiaries.
Dendere said the ZCC will continue distributing food aid to vulnerable communities while observing guidelines issued by Government to stop the spread of Coronavirus.
“As ZCC, we have seen the need to continue supporting vulnerable communities with foodstuffs, pyscho-social support as well as child protection training.
“As we go about distributing food aid during the lockdown period we urge beneficiaries to strictly observe the WHO preventative measures like frequent washing of hands, using hand sanitisers and practising social distancing,” said Dendere.
Pastor Tinashe Masaiti representing the ZCC Pastors Fraternity said it was the duty of humanitarian agencies to intervene with food aid and other forms of support in times of need.
He said the ZCC will continue working with Government and its development partners to identify deserving beneficiaries who are in dire need of food aid and offer support where it can. https://masvingomirror.com