Partnering with Community: Faith in Action

Partnering with Community: Faith in Action

Service to humanity is service to God

News Release

Volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints worked to beautify their communities in an ongoing worldwide volunteering program spanning for about three months of dedicated work that culminated on the 19th of August 2017.

             

Under the theme “Partnering with Community,” more than 1000 Saints volunteered their time, skills and talents and planted flowers, shrubs, cleaned and painted schools, clinics and orphanages as well as landscaping those areas.  

Speaking during a handover ceremony in Chitungwiza where the saints painted the inside walls of Seke Clinic Outpatient’s building, the clinic’s matron Sister Munyuki commended the church for its work and expressed her gratitude for the saints’ love of their communities.

“It is such a wonderful thing to know that there are people out there who still care about others. I didn’t know that there was church out there that was really concerned about us. We are so grateful for all that you have done for us,” she said.

            

In Borrowdale, the saints erected a fence from scratch, painted an Early Childhood Development (ECD) playing area at Hetcliff Primary school, cut glass at the school and cleaned about 250 meters along the durawall of the school where people from the neighbourhood just throw their rubbish and junk.

In Mutare, over 100 saints planted a garden at Sakubva Zororai Old People’s Home and they are constructing a shade that is expected to be completed before the end of the month. Saints in Highlands also did gardening at St Catherine’s Home. It is a home of mentally challenged people.

In Quensdale, saints filled in some potholes on a road parallel to Chiremba road and they also cleaned and landscaped Braeside Clinic. Saints in Mabvuku-Tafara filled in potholes along the Manresa road. The city Council provided the resources and 47 members and 4 non-member attended and worked for 255 man hours.

Saints in Mbare did a clean up exercise at Waneka Flats where they cut the grass and picked up litter dumped everywhere that filled almost 3 skip bins. The city council provided materials to use and a truck to collect the refuse. The saints also did landscaping, cleaning the grounds and windows, polished furniture, cut the glass, scrapped the gutters, painted and planted flowers at Sunningdale 2 Satellite Clinic.

 

In Masvingo more than 23 saints volunteered to do general cleaning at Alpha Cottage Children’s Home. They also did gardening for a 50 metre by 50 metre sized garden.

Reports are still being compiled in other areas like in Bulawayo, Gweru, Kwekwe, Kadomo, Chegutu and Domboshava.

The Mormon Helping Hands program brings together members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their neighbours to provide community service. These volunteers in their trademark yellow shirts help people and also partner with government and non-profit organizations to support and improve the communities where they live. The Helping Hands program reflects the desire of Mormons to follow the example of Jesus Christ by serving others.

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