Tax, audit and advisory firm, KPMG, on Friday interacted with and donated several items to orphans as well as poor elderly women at Tovwirane Orphanage and HIV Support Organisation in Chilinde, Lilongwe.
The donation followed a Nation on Sunday article that highlighted the plight of orphanages.
The orphanage is run by Martha Mtonga who uses proceeds from herbs to feed orphans, support elderly women and encourage women living with HIV.
KPMG employees arrived at the orphanage clad in company colours and danced with the orphans and personally distributed drinks to them.
Chairperson of KPMG Community Services (KCOMMS), a social responsibility arm of the company, Albert Kumwenda, said the donation is one of the goals that KPMG pursues.
“KCOMMS is just a vehicle to donate to the challenged. It falls under one of our values; that is, being responsible to the community. Each KPMG employee contributes monthly and then the company also adds a little something. The motivation is to give to the challenged and it happens once every year,” said Kumwenda.
The orphanage received cooking oil, maize flour, rice, salt, soap, fish and sugar, among other items.
Chief Stambuli of the area said KPMG has showed a rare and commendable gesture.
Mtonga was speechless at the donation and asked God to bless the people who helped make the donation possible.
“The orphans and widows refused to leave my compound on Saturday. They said they couldn’t wait for Monday with the hunger in their homes and I had to distribute the food items. God bless Nation on Sunday and KPMG,” said Mtonga in an interview on Saturday. n