United Methodist donates food to Gutu families
GUTU-One hundred and fifty families from Gutu Chepiri under Chief Munyikwahave, Ward 16 a drought ravaged area received mealie meal, sugar beans cooking oil, salt, sugar and matemba worth $10 000 from United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
The food was handed over by UMCOR who included Reverends Vennah Mutezo, Jairos Mafondokoto, Benny Shiri, Chinyanga, Chipungu, Taurai Emmanuel Maforo, Anne Zvingowandisei, Chikwanha and Chenjerai Chipungu at Mutambwi Secondary School on Saturday.
Connectional Ministry Director and deputy admin to Bishop of United Methodist church Vennah Mutezo said they decided the help Gutu Chepiri people after they read about the drought which was declared a national disaster last year.
"You are highly favoured with God, among all districts you were chosen from the President`s office so that we can help you with food, and we do not help people in our church only but all people in the society," said Mutezo.
Each family got 50kg of mealie meal; 8,5kg matemba; 4,5kg sugar beans; 4litres cooking oil; 3kg sugar and 1kg of salt. Among the 150 people who received food 70 were selected from the United Methodist church and the rest from the community.
Chief Munyikwa who is again the councillor for Ward 16 paid tribute to UMCOR for the food aid said he will make another request for Chepiri and Nyazvidzi bridges which need to be repaired after they were damaged by the rains recently.
UMCOR has also built two classroom blocks, two staff houses and an administration block at Matombo Secondary School in Gutu.
Reverend Benny Shiri said, "People in the community are doing a programme called Chabadza that is they gather sand granite, labour force and UMCOR will provide with material to build classrooms at Matombo Secondary".
District Superintendent for Masvingo United Methodist Church, Jairos Mafondokoto said the people from the area who were looked down upon and considered backward have received a shot in the arm from the Church. News
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