By Moses Ziyambi
The Scout Movement of Zimbabwe (SMZ) on Friday embarked on community service at Alpha cottages as part of its Messenger of Peace, an initiative aimed at instilling good moral values and promoting interaction among scouts.
School children from Dikwindi Primary school and other movement members came together and weeded a vegetable garden at the cottages before joining children at the shelter in games.
“As the scouts movement, we intend to mould children’s character for the improvement of their moral values, social awareness and intellect,” said SMZ Assistant Provincial Commissioner Rumbidzai Tonhodzai.
“We are looking forward to spreading our presence to such places as Alpha Cottages and to other institutions across the province by liaising with all children of school going age who are our main concern,” said Tonhodzai.
The school children also took time to tour the poultry project at the shelter and feed the hundreds of chickens that are reared there.
Alpha Cottages’ Matron Shumirai Chifamba thanked the movement for showing humanity to the children at the institution and taking their time to interact with them.
“We are humbled with the kindness that they have shown to us. We wish the kindness won’t end here but will be spread to other needy places elsewhere. Children here have been waiting for this kind of a visit and today we are happy their wish has been fulfilled,” said Chifamba.
Pioneered by British military serviceman Robert Baden-Powell back in the 1907, the Scouts Movement grew to become a renowned international pro-children organisation, with membership in most countries of the world.local