@50 Jubilee

Maramba Old People’s Home gets Sun’s jubilee gift

NANCY MWAPE  – Livingstone
SUN International Zambia has pumped K80, 000 into the renovation of the Maramba Old People’s Home in Livingstone as a jubilee present to the senior citizens.
The renovation will include improving ventilation, mending cracks in the rooms and painting the entire building.
Hotel’s commercial manager Ferdinand Strydom said Sun International is committed to ploughing back into the Livingstone community.
“With innovative projects, in partnership with Government and other organisations, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community,” he said.
Since 2001, Sun International Zambia has supported over 50 projects in health, agriculture, environment, education and economic empowerment.
Last week, Sun International Zambia donated linen and other supplies to the Maramba Old People’s Home.
The hotel has been supporting the Maramba Old People’s Home for the past five years and has also established a vegetable garden there.
Sam Kambanshi, an 84-year-old man living at the centre, praised the hotel for the gesture.
“We are happy with the support that goes a long way in improving our welfare. I’m happy that the ventilation in our rooms will be improved, these rooms get very hot, making it very difficult for us to sleep,” he said.
Meanwhile, Government has attributed the anguish that old people in society suffer due to poverty and homelessness resulting from discriminatory grounds of witchcraft suspicions.
Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Emerine Kabanshi said as people grow older, their capacity to earn an income diminishes and consequently their resilience also reduces.
“The older persons are one of the most disadvantaged in many societies due to poverty, disease and homelessness. They also suffer discrimination due to suspicions of witchcraft,” Ms Kabanshi said.
The minister said the problem of vulnerability in the country calls for concerted efforts by various stakeholders and urged organisations to provide support to the vulnerable people in society.
She said Government is committed to providing support and care for the defenceless older persons, orphans and vulnerable children.

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