Kidzcan, Delta Join Hands to Bring Water to Bulawayo Schools
KidzCan Zimbabwe and Delta Corporation have come together and donated two 5000 litre water tanks and 4 metre stands to Zulukandaba and Mzilikazi Primary schools which have faced incessant perennial water problems in the Southern Region City of Bulawayo.
Speaking at the handover ceremony KidzCan Zimbabwe Executive director Daniel Mckenzie expressed gratitude to Delta Corporation who have walked with KidzCan for over a dozen years, for coming through with the water project which provides schools with equipment that helps not only in the conservation of water but also hygiene, which is critical in the treatment of cancer.
“We provide free chemotherapy drugs, diagnostic scans, and bus fare to the patient and caregiver because most of our patients come from all over Zimbabwe and most of these places are remote. We also offer many other services including psycho-social support.
“But today we have come with our long-time friends.
“Cleanliness is next to godliness.
“The importance of water cannot be overemphasized, it is precious as the old adage says, water is life. For us, it represents the convergence of hygiene and treatment as it plays a huge role in the treatment of cancer. You do not want to further compromise the health of our children,” said Mckenzie.
Delta Corporation Packaging Manager Mthulisi Nyoni who represented his organisation at the event, said they decided to lighten the burden of water shortages on schools as part of giving back to the community.
‘You know us as the manufacturers of Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Stoney, and Shumba Mahewu, among other products, but today we have brought you water because water is the biggest ingredient in beverage manufacturing.
“As part of our corporate social responsibility, we decided to give back through the provision of water. In the past, we have supported by offering scholarships and many other charity works. The Director has already told you that our relationship with KidzCan goes back a long time,” said Nyoni.
Zulikandaba is situated in Entumbane and has an enrolment of 1330 with a staff complement of 48.
Representing the School Development Association (SDA) Mr Thabani Sithole appreciated the gift and said it would go a long way in arresting water shortages in the school which only the previous week, had to send children home when the other water tank gave in.
The Deputy Head Ms Simangaliso Msipa thanked KidzCan and Delta for the water tank and the information on childhood cancer.
“Knowledge is power.
“Thank you for the valuable information.
“We used to associate cancer only with adults but today we have learnt that children can also get cancer.
“And we would associate it with witchcraft.”
Mzilikazi is one of the oldest schools in the City of Kings having been built in 1946. It has an enrolment of 2300 and a staff complement of 80.