In view of the latest catastrophe that has resulted in the displacement of close to 500 households, NetOne has pledged $50,000.00 towards the purchase of key basic food items to feed the affected families.
Cyclone IDAI has caused massive damage especially within the Chipinge and Chimanimani districts and has left approximately 31 people dead and dozens missing. Close to 500 households across 17 wards in Chipinge have been left stranded and unable to access basic amenities such as foodstuffs, drugs, clean water and blankets among other items.
NetOne is one of the first corporates that has stepped up to render assistance to the masses and is calling on other corporates to follow suit. To mitigate loss of lives through hunger, NetOne is providing 500 food hampers to each of the affected households. Each hamper consists of 20kg maize meal, 10kg beans, 10kg rice, 10kg sugar and 5 litres cooking oil. These translates to 10 tonnes maize meal, 5 tonnes beans, 5 tonnes rice, 5 tonnes sugar and 2500 Litres cooking oil).
Making the pronouncement, NetOne CEO Mr Lazarus Muchenje said, “The cyclone is a natural disaster that has severely affected some parts of our country. It is critical for all Zimbabweans to come together and assist the communities that have been affected. NetOne is deeply touched by this and have seen it fit to offer a helping hand towards this worthy cause. As a network provider, we not only connect people during happy times, but in difficult times as well. It is our duty as corporates to join forces with rescue teams, the Civil Protection Unit, NGOs and the nation at large to assist our people at such a time as this. In the spirit of Ubuntu – oneness, we all need to be our brothers’ keeper and help in whatever way we can, to ensure that those families receive the assistance they so desperately need within the earliest possible time frame.”
This gesture by NetOne will no doubt go a long way to cater for the immediate nutritional needs of the displaced families. It is commendable that corporates are reaching out to soften the effects of this natural disaster.