By Farai Matiashe
In the wake of Cyclone Idai, focus has been on Manicaland, which was ravaged by the furious tropical storm that hit Chimanimani and Chipinge last month.
It seemed as if organisations and the corporate world had turned a blind eye to the vulnerable and marginalised people in other communities.
But Victory Church International (VCI), through its charity organisation Good Samaritans Ministry (GSM), which was established in 2014, has demonstrated that it still has the vulnerable that live in the suburbs of Harare and surrounding areas in mind as they provided them with food and non-food items yesterday.
Scores of people with disabilities, orphans, old and widowed women in Chitungwiza received mealie meal, cooking oil, soap and clothes at VCI Rose of Sharon Assembly (RSA) Unit P.
VCI RSA Unit P Pastor Grace Mapuranga told Standard People that their objective was to help the poor.
“We are providing assistance to the marginalised communities regardless of which church they go to. Before we go out there and provide assistance, we thought it was wise to give those in need who are surrounding us,” she said.
“Our aim is to restore their values in society. we want to put them at the same level with others. We believe in James 1: 27 which says, ‘Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.’ We will continue serving the marginalised as a church.”
Mapuranga said the donation was not the last as they had plans to do huge projects for the community.
She said GSM was also empowering youths, women and girls through various projects.
“We are currently working with the Ministry of Women Affairs to train women in our communities. Some are being taught how to manufacture jam which they will sell. We provide them with capital, so, our aim is to equip women and girls with proper skills to enable them to run sustainable businesses on their own,” Mapuranga said.
Ward 23 councillor Question Dingo said VCI had the community at heart as they were non-selective in the donations.