Photo: Leo Mwila handing over donations to Sister in Charge.
Charity begins at home!
As COVID-19 began to spread across Zambian communities the Zambia Australia-Alumni Association (ZAAA) took it upon itself to set up a COVID19 relief fund. ZAAA raised USD 1,350 to buy hygienic goods which it distributed between a nursing home for various illnesses in Lusaka on 29 May and a socially inclusive faith-based school in Machinga on 10 June.
The Sister in Charge of Our Lady’s Hospice thanked ZAAA for the kind and timely gesture. She said that the donation would go a long way in helping the hospice to meet its needs and prevent it from the forces of COVID19.
The second donation of face masks, disinfectants, soap and hand washing buckets with taps, at Chinsali Special Unit School, was for grade 7 and 9 pupils. The boarding school children also got a few personal hygiene products for themselves. Alumni Ambassador, Catherine Sakala handed over the contribution, on behalf of the association, to the acting headteacher, Mr Chinyama.
ZAAA strongly believes it is the responsibility of alumni to participate in the development of the nation, especially in times when the government is under pressure to respond to grave challenges like COVID-19.
‘ZAAA decided to donate directly to the facilities which they felt were vulnerable to COVID-19 and to supplement the government’s efforts in combating COVID-19,’ affirmed Leo Mwila, President of ZAAA.