Angel of Hope Foundation gets another restaurant and empowers more widows
Blessings Chidakwa Herald Reporter
The partnership between Angel of Hope Foundation and Hotplate Grillhouse has led to the opening of another new food outlet to benefit widows from all 10 provinces of the country.
This is the second donation from Hotplate Grillhouse to the Angel of Hope Foundation, following the first donation from the Samora Machel branch, with orphans selected from every children’s home nationwide.
The First Lady, Dr Auxillia Mnangagwa, through her Angel of Hope Foundation, carries out life-changing philanthropic works that leave no place or anyone behind, the last to benefit from her generosity being widows lured across the country.
Dr. Mnangagwa fully unleashes the power within herself to transform the lives of the less privileged and disadvantaged.
It was more like a fairytale Wednesday for the widows who had the opportunity to gain qualifications and work at one of the country’s leading food outlets, Hotplate Grillhouse, Market Square branch in Harare , donated to the Angel of Hope Foundation.
Others, who had never set foot in Harare after being born and raised in some of Zimbabwe’s most remote areas, were all smiles as they served a variety of traditional dishes at the official opening of their new workplace.
Dishes served included dried cleome gyndra (mufushwa wenyeve), mopane worms (madora), tripe (maguru), millet flour (sadza rezviyo), snot apples (matohwe), Indian plums (masau ) and roadrunners.
A beneficiary from Hwange in Matabeleland North, Mrs. Estele Neshavi, thanked Amai Mnangagwa for transforming her life.
“I am now a qualified chef thanks to Dr Mnangagwa. May the dear Lord bless our loving mother who is so precious to our lives.
“She deserves to be recognized for all the good works she does across the country, uplifting various communities in every aspect. Even in prayers, we should always remember her,” she said .
A widow from Hwedza, Mashonaland East Province, Mrs. Beatrice Matsengarwodzi was on cloud nine following her empowerment by the First Lady.
“When we joined the program, I was happy because Amai Mnangagwa gave me the opportunity to work with my hands.
“Some of us were looked down upon in society, but after being around other women from different provinces, we are now working as united Zimbabweans,” she said.
Mrs. Mirirai Chipisa from Masvingo said, “Amai Mnangagwa took me from Masvingo here to Harare to be trained in the work of our own hands.
“If you’re a young woman, there are a lot of tempting things, but if you’re busy like me, that will all be a thing of the past. We hope she continues to empower other people, not just us.
A beneficiary from Zvishavane in the Midlands province, Ms Juliet Dzaramba, said she was doing odd jobs.
“When I joined the program, I was surviving by doing laundry for people in the community. Life was very hard for me.
“I thank Amai Mnangagwa for empowering me. I didn’t even know how to get around Harare, but my work colleagues were helping me,” she said.
The Managing Director of Hotplate Grillhouse Zimbabwe, Mr Benson Muneri, said the recently opened food outlet in Market Square has employed widows from all 10 provinces of Zimbabwe.
“Twenty women have been empowered here today who have lost their husbands but have families to support. They are between 35 and 60 years old,” he said.
“We have been in touch and in collaboration with the Angel of Hope since last year when we opened the branch of Samora Machel, officially opened by President Mnangagwa.”
Mr. Muneri said it was the second store that Hotplate Grillhouse had donated to the Angel of Hope Foundation.
“As a young brand, we try to make a difference in Zimbabwe by helping wherever we can to make a difference,” he said.
Angel of Hope Foundation Vice President Ms Chipo Mtasa representing Dr Mnangagwa said it was the First Lady’s wish to be present but she was committed to doing other philanthropic work.
“Our mother has so much love for everyone in the country, especially the widows and orphans, some working at the other recently opened Hotplate Grillhouse branch, which is also doing well.
“It is a pleasure for me to be here to represent Amai Mnangagwa in the opening of this branch. Only a few could do such things, but thanks to Amai’s empowerment programs, doors opened. open,” she said.
Ms Mtasa said the First Lady had so much zeal to empower women, some who are seen in their societies as the least privileged and disadvantaged.
“Amai had a vision to create the Angel of Hope Foundation which works closely with communities at the local level.
“It is an honor that Mr. Muneri has been able to partner with and support the vision of Amai Mnangagwa. We thank God that our visionary mother tapped into the country’s vision to leave no one behind,” she said.
Ms Mtasa said Dr Mnangagwa’s philanthropic works extend across the country.
“Amai Mnangagwa works in all fields, regardless of their geographical location, whether in rural or urban areas. She kisses everyone.
“One thing the Angel of Hope Foundation takes seriously through Amai Mnangagwa is the issue of cooking traditional dishes. Most of us had forgotten about these dishes, but now Dr Mnangagwa has a cookbook with recipes used all over the country,” she said.
Ms Mtasa said empowering these widows would trickle down to other communities that could provide meat and small grains.
“On behalf of Amai Mnangagwa, we would like to congratulate Mr. Muneri and all the women here. I want to encourage all women to work hard and be honest.
“If a client forgets things or even changes, please deal with them diligently,” she said.