The Community Based Aid Program (CBAP) continues to make positive strides in supporting Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) in Masvingo district having adopted a total of 20 pupils at Makomba and Mazambara Secondary Schools in Zimuto.
CBAP recently paid a visit to the schools where director Samuel Mhungu highlighted that most OVCs were being neglected by care givers and called on the community to stop all forms of discrimination.
He called on OVCs caregivers to work with teachers to help identify areas of improvement in the learning processes.
“Caregivers and guardians of orphans and the vulnerable children must show love to the children because the environment they are exposed to at home will determine the output at school,” said Mhungu.
He said they saw it fit to assist 20 pupils from both Makomba and Mazambara Secondary Schools as a way of ensuring that vulnerable children have equal access and opportunities to education.
“Education is key and as a community we have to invest in the education of our children. We know vulnerable children are at a disadvantage most of the times hence the reason why we have taken this step of helping the selected individuals.
“We plead with guardians and caregivers to support these children and not overburden them with household chores,” said Mhungu.
Parents appreciated the idea of helping the vulnerable and orphans in the community as they promised to work hand in glove with the teachers to improve the learning of these marginalized pupils in schools.
“We appreciate the work of (CBAP) and we also continue working together with their teachers in molding children’s behavior towards education and for them to become better pupils in the community,” said one parent.