Kaunda's Children of Africa Foundation gets donation

Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda and founder of the Kenneth Kaunda Children of Africa Foundation, Wednesday received 100 million kwacha donation from the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO).
(3,600 kwacha=1USD).
ZESCO Managing Director Rabson Mwansa, who presented the cheque to Kaunda said the challenge of helping "homeless and hopeless" children was enormous, adding that the mobilisation of resources should not be left to the Foundation or foreign donors alone.
"Zambians have to get involved.
It requires concerted effort on the part of those who have to provide for those who don't have, so that we can give the children the future which they have lost through the loss of their parents," Mwansa stressed.
He commended the former President for establishing the Foundation at a time when HIV/AIDS had left Africa with many orphans.
"The cause you have (chosen) is greater than politics and we cannot thank you enough," Mwansa added.
ZESCO also contributed 300 bags of mealy meal and cooking oil to the Foundation.
Noting that ZESCO was the first local Company to contribute to the Foundation, Kaunda said the Foundation, now catering for 80 children would assist more children if resources were made available.
"There are many little kids who need the assistance and they are in thousands, let us respond.
The fight against AIDS is our fight together and if we don't fight AIDS and succeed, AIDS is going to fight us and win," he warned.
The former Zambian leader said Africa must "break the wall of silence over AIDS and open the doors for the infected people".
"Word of fear and word of anxiety, must be removed," he added.
Kaunda, who lost his son to AIDS in 1986, established the Children of Africa Foundation after retirement from active politics to help children in the region.

15 août 2001 17:19:00

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