By Kudakwashe Pembere in Murehwa
A Murehwa organisation that assists under-privileged children received a $150 000 grant from United States government through the United States Africa Development foundation.
Heather Chimhoga Orphan Care (HOCC) is a Zimbabwean child welfare institution which started with just six children scaling up to 784.
Speaking at the grant signing ceremony in Murehwa yesterday, US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Ambassador Harry Thomas said the funding shows USA’s continued commitment to help Zimbabweans in developing projects that improve living conditions that improve living conditions in their communities.
“I am pleased that our funding will sustain community efforts to enhance the lives pf over 800 orphans,” he said adding that, “The United States will continue to support similar initiatives that promote economic and social development in Zimbabwe.”
In 2015 USADF provided $99, 650 to the organisation to support the poultry enterprise over two years with significant achievements recorded.
HOCC chief executive Albert Mukondwa said they produced over 16 000 chickens last year.
The organisation increased the number of chickens per year from 7 000 in 2014 to 16 183. We hope to have produced about 100 000 in 2021,” he said.
“HCOC sold $114 997 worth of poultry allowing HCOC to use part of the revenue to provide education and food support to 784 orphans.”
USADF is an independent US government agency established by Congress to support African owned enterprises which improve the lives in poor and vulnerable communities in Africa. The agency invests directly in community enrterprises providing seed capital and local technical support to early stage agriculture, energy and youth-led enterprises in Africa.