Accountants donate groceries and cash to vulnerable children
Leonard Ncube at Victoria Falls
A touching account of the plight of vulnerable children housed at Rose of Charity, a children’s home in Victoria Falls, touched accounting professionals who attended the Pan African Federation of Accountants (PAFA) conference here.
PAFA is a regional organization of the accountancy profession in Africa with 56 member organizations in 45 countries including Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe has eight Professional Accountancy Organizations (PAOs) and they hosted the PAFA conference which ended yesterday in partnership with PAFA.
This was the first time the PAFA conference was held in Zimbabwe and as part of giving back to the community, the accounting professionals donated groceries and cash to Rose of Charity.
They also donated laptops, advanced level accounting textbooks and money to the business department of Mosi-oa-Tunya High School.
Few organizations have given back to the community through their activities at conferences held in Victoria Falls.
PAFA visited Rose of Charity yesterday, where the founder of the home, Ms Simangele Khumalo-Moyo, told how she quit her job in 2007 to help feed street children she had seen visibly hungry in the streets. She was line manager in one of the hotels in town.
“I started helping street children as early as 2007, when I saw them fighting or abusing drugs on the streets. I felt sorry for them and started engaging them through counseling. I gave them food and also went with them to the Christian Church in Victoria Falls where they received meals and other treats,” Ms Khumalo-Moyo said.
She said the kids started opening up to her and she found out some of them were from other towns.
Rose of Charity was officially registered as a charity home in 2014 and has 31 children housed at Chinotimba House while another 71 come from the community for meals and assistance with other daily needs.
The home opened a kindergarten, Schiffner Elementary, with 31 children ages 3 to 6 attending early childhood development classes.
Some are from the community while others are housed in the children’s home.
“Some were abandoned children and I felt sorry for them, especially the little girl. We teach them to do chores and other chores so that when we release them at the age of 18 they can be “integrate into society. Our idea is not to keep them forever, but to give them a life, an education, a home and release them at the age of 18,” Ms Khumalo-Moyo said.
PBOs which included the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA), the Institute of Chartered Public Accountants of Kenya, the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Auditing of Mozambique, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Botswana, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe, the Chartered Governance and Accountancy Institute of Zimbabwe (CGAIZ) and the Southern African Accountants Association (SAAA) mobilized the provisions and educational materials for the two institutions.
They donated money to Rose of Charity and pledged to donate more when they returned to their stations.
“This is our first corporate social responsibility as PAFA members from different countries. As SAIPA, we would like to donate R5,000. We are committed and promise that all your challenges will come to an end,” said SAIPA Managing Director, Mr. Shahied Daniels.
SAAA Chief Executive Mr. Taka Svosve said they would continue to help the orphanage.
“We randomly chose Rose of Charity and it touches us. We are all instruments to further the work of God.
It’s the start of a relationship that should continue. We as the PAO of Zimbabwe and the PAFA Board are ready to support this cause,” he said.
CGAIZ Director, Dr. Nelson Maseko, who is from Bindura, was moved when he shared how he too got schooled through charity.
“I’m touched. I didn’t grow up in a charity home but I was sent to school by an orphanage and I’m now a doctor. I’m really touched and I’m going to help this home,” he said. he declares.
The President of PAFA, Mr. Cosme Gooundete, congratulated Rose de la Charité for her good humanitarian work and the authorities of the Mosi-oa-Tunya high school for giving priority to the teaching of accounting.
“These kids are the future of accounting. We are about to leave Victoria Falls but we will remember everything, the beautiful falls and the wonderful work that is being done here. Accounting is essential to the development of any country as we improve the development of economies,” he said.
The Principal of the Mosi-oa-Tunya School, Mr. Roland Sibanda, said the educational institution has the capacity to produce competent accounting professionals if supported.
Councilor to the Mayor of Victoria Falls, Somveli Dlamini, said the gesture would go a long way in helping the orphanage.
“As a local authority, we appreciate your efforts. We are in shock from the effects of Covid-19 from which you have not been spared. We thank the PAFA team and ask them to go out there and be our ambassadors for this house and Victoria Falls in general,” he said.–@ncubeleon