Zambian beauty queen donates food to mothers and children living with HIV

A 20 year-old model is urging people to unite to change society following a donation of K2 million (USD 500) worth of food to mothers and children living with HIV in Zambia.

A 20 year-old model is urging people to unite to change society following a donation of K2 million (USD 500) worth of food to mothers and children living with HIV in Zambia.

Wendy Manyanga who is Miss Livingstone 2011 made her donation on 25 June in Livingstone, the country’s tourist capital.

“I implore other people and companies in Livingstone and other towns to join this project so that together we can uplift the standards of living of the underprivileged citizens in Livingstone especially those living with HIV and AIDS,” she said.

We are all affected

“I encourage people to treasure the underprivileged and those that are affected and living with HIV. The Bible says ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’. I therefore urge you to delve deeper to deal with the lives of vulnerable people in society,” Manyanga said.

Stephen Ndebele, Livingstone district AIDS coordinating advisor, read a speech on behalf of Omar Munsanje, Livingstone district commissioner, saying he was sad that only three out of twelve companies responded to Manyanga’s appeal for HIV aid.

Munsanje said: “My own doors are open. What we need to know is that even if we are not infected by HIV, we are affected. This scourge has affected all spheres of our lives, hence the need to have concerted efforts in lessening the plight of beloved members of our community that are afflicted. They need our support and most of all our love and care.”

Government committed to development

Munsanje also said the Patriotic Front government was committed to youth employment and developmental programmes and stood ready to partner with relevant non-governmental organisations.

“Together we can improve the lives of the majority of our people, most especially the youths who are in dire need of various forms of support including training which enhances their chances to employment opportunity,” he said.

Munsanje was delighted that Manyanga took her own initiative to gather food support which included corn meal, cooking oil, eggs, vegetables and a water pump for agricultural purposes for the children and mothers living with HIV.

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