PENHALONGA-based gold mining concern, DTZ Ozgeo is on the verge of striking a long term partnership with a local charity organization, DOCAS as part of its corporate responsibility to assist paralytic and other disabled children in Manicaland.
DOCAS, a welfare ministry of the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe is advocating for the establishment of a disability centre in the province.
DOCAS patron, Mrs Penelope Mushohwe, is facilitating the deal.
DOCAS director, Reverend Togara Mapingure, said DTZ-Ozgeo recently donated $500 towards a fundraising conference held on Sunday to mobilise financial resources for the six children from the Gwizo and Mandimutsira families who were paralysed by a genetic disease - Duchenne muscular dystrophy to undergo physiotherapy and occupational therapy at St Giles.
The children, Knowledge (14), Tawanda (12), Learnmore (7) and Courage Gwizo (5), Blessing (10) and Alan Chisuko (5) are suspected to have inherited the condition from their "carrier" mothers, Naomi Sahumani-Gwizo (34) and Mirriam Sahumani (32), who are blood sisters.
About $6 000 in cash and pledges was raised. DOCAS also distributed 34 wheelchairs, walking frames, 10 crutches, six beds, blankets and food hampers - all worth $10 000 to 60 disabled children in Manicaland.
The Zimbabwe National Army was given an award for excellence in military aid to civil society courtesy of its role in rescuing and treating the Gwizo and Mandimutsira children.
Dr Mapepa, who was attending to the children at 3 Field Ambulance Company Army Hospital, received the award - a plaque and a scale worth $700 by a private company, Browhile Trading.
DOCAS was given an award for excellence in community assistance.
DTZ-Ozgeo public relations officer, Clara Ngwenya, on Wednesday said negotiations were in progress.
"They have approached us, and we initially assisted with $500, but we are engaging them with the intention to forge a long term partnership to assist mostly the disabled children in Manicaland.
"We are looking at what they have done, what they intend to do and their budgetary challenges so that we are clear on how best we can chip in and assist them on monthly basis. It will be a partnership, we are not going to adopt them," said Ngwenya.
Rev Mapingure said the six have since been discharged from 3 Field Ambulance Company Army Hospital where they received free medical diagnosis and treatment to slow the progression of the disease which attacks and weakens muscles.
The army medical team was also involved in the counseling of the families.
"We are appealing to our diamond companies, banks, businesspeople, politicians, local authorities, NGOs and individuals to come and help these children. They are in dire need of assistance to undergo physiotherapy and occupational therapy at St Giles," said Rev Mapingure.
At least $50 000 is needed to help the children.
Rev Mapingure can be contacted on 0735 734 716 or email email@example.com. Monetary donations can be deposited in the District Outreach for Care and Support Standard Chartered (Mutare Branch) Account Number 8700267227700.