Veron­ica Gwatiringa re­builds, gives back to Chir­imhanzu

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Forestry Commission / People - Tsitsi Nd­abambi

Busi­ness woman Veron­ica Gwatiringa has a knack for giv­ing to the poor.

AND this month when women are be­ing made aware of the pre­cious bits that life can be, with drives like breast can­cer aware­ness amongst other things, she has stepped into the lime­light as a lead­ing woman.

In May this year she vis­ited her roots — Chir­imhanzu where she left a smile on chil­dren and el­derly peo­ple’s faces by do­nat­ing school equip­ment, fees, house­hold goods and gro­ceries.

Af­ter as­sess­ing each el­derly lady’s spe­cial needs and a prom­ise that she would re­turn in a pro­gramme she ran along­side Satur­day Life­style in the phil- an­thropic drive, she in­deed ful­filled her prom­ise.

Upon re­turn­ing from China where she had gone to re­ceive the In­ter­na­tional Women En­trepreneurial Chal­lenge Award, she ex­pressed her grat­i­tude for her ac­com­plish­ment and mak­ing Zim­babwe proud by go­ing back to Chir­imhanzu.

Gogo Gino Chipere who stays alone at her homestead will al­ways smile ev­ery time she opens her eyes to the sound of singing birds from her new blue house that Veron­ica built for her; a dream for ev­ery aged per­son who can­not af­ford a nurs­ing home or a fam­ily to look af­ter them.

“I have spent half of my life wish­ing for and ad­mir­ing other peo­ple’s achieve­ments and ben­e­fits from their im­me­di­ate fam­i­lies. Now a stranger has helped me; God bless her,” said an emo­tional Gogo Gino.

Apart from build­ing the house, Veron­ica and her staff mem­bers from Zim­babwe Gar­den Seeds also brought her a brand new bed and more pro­vi­sions to last her un­til Christ­mas. The three-time busi­ness award-win­ner went on to visit six more ladies where she also dis­trib­uted es­sen­tial good­ies to them. Dur­ing the visit she was in­tro­duced to four or­phaned high school teenagers who were in crit­i­cal need of ed­u­ca­tional as­sis­tance. She then lent them a hand with their tu­ition fees obli­ga­tions. “This is not the end of our as­sist­ing the Chir­imhanzu com­mu­nity, my team and I will be fre­quent­ing this area help­ing peo­ple as much as we can,” as­sured Veron­ica; “there is a cer­tain feel­ing of joy and ful­fil­ment and self-sat­is­fac­tion when you help an­other per­son who may be in need.” “I en­cour­age other busi­ness­peo­ple out there to take time and re­visit their roots, and as­sist the needy peo­ple in their vil­lages who do not have fam­i­lies or any source of in­come to sus­tain them­selves,” she added.

Veron­ica Gwatiringa

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