Congolese Rhumba giant Koffi Olomide has expressed shock that some Zambians parents neglect and abandon their children for various reasons.
Koffi, whose real name is Antonie Christopher Agbepa Mumba, said children need parental guidance and love from their biological parents for them to grow into happy citizens.
He was speaking in Lusaka today when he received a K140 million donation worth of various items on behalf of House of Moses from Airtel Zambia. House of Moses is centre that takes care of abandoned children.
The donated items included computers, furniture, footballs, cooking oil, school bags, 25 kilogramme bags of mealie-meal and assorted food stuffs.
Koffi paid glowing gratitude to institutions that look after abandoned children.
He also toured and inspected House of Moses where he saw a number of abandoned babies below the age of five.
“It is a very good thing to help children. It is really sad that young ones are neglected and abandoned by their own biological parents when they needed to be loved but I am happy that the House of Moses and Airtel is doing something to uplift the welfare of the kids,” Koffi said.
He encouraged individuals, corporate institutions and other groups to contribute to the education of vulnerable children in Zambia.
The Paris-based music mogul and four-time Kora award winner is in Zambia for a series of live musical shows in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces.
He also made a donation at Jesus Souls Winning Ministry, a local Church in Lusaka’s Matero Township.
According to the programme made available to ZANIS, the self-acclaimed King of universal Tcha-Tcho, has come to Zambia with an entourage of eight dancing queens and a backline of 19 members.
Koffi, who was again in August this year in Zambia, is one of Africa’s top singer, dancer, composer and producer and best artiste of the decade.
And in receiving the donation, Christian Alliance for Children in Zambia Executive Director David Katambalile said the donation from Airtel will greatly help in bettering the lives of children at the centre.
Mr. Katambalile hoped people will resolve not to dump children in 2013.
“Airtel has opened a new chapter in our system and this gift will go a long way to the lives of these babies and children,” he said.
And Airtel Zambia Human Resource and Administration Director Mumbi Mwila reiterated her organisation’s commitment to social responsibility that focuses on helping vulnerable children in society.
Ms. Mwila disclosed that the House of Moses was among the 27 institutions that have benefited from Airtel donations countrywide.
“As Airtel, we are proud with investing and offering support to institutions of learning through our corporate social responsibility initiative that has seen millions of dollars poured into the education sector across Africa and assisted over 460 schools countrywide,” she said.
Airtel Zambia is a mobile service provider in the country with operations in 20 countries with over 262 million clients across Asia and Africa.