Artistic philanthropy helps support Zimbabwe’s poor
A new generation of givers is changing perceptions of philanthropy in one African country reports The Herald newspaper in Zimbabwe.
Ruth Butaumocho writes about the rise and rise of artists giving time and funds to benefit the disadvantaged and deprived in a country that sees these numbers increase every day.
Amongst the artists’ activities cited are the philanthropic efforts of sculptor Dominic Benhura, who has overseen the construction of a library at his former primary school, including donating computers, textbooks and wheelchairs to various schools and charity organisations. He has also assisted a number of pupils with school fees.
Musician Tendai Mupfurutsa has adopted a senior citizens’ home and was drawn deeply into debt by recording several upcoming artists for free at his studio. He however remains convinced that giving back to society draws him closer to his surroundings, stating that he was glad he did it despite the financial loss.
And, raising the roof has always been a profitable way for musicians the world over to raise awareness and funds for good causes; and free concerts throughout Zimbabwe have been bringing in much needed donations such as the $ZWD3bn (~ £51,500) for the Chitungwiza Mayor's Christmas Cheer Fund.
Other benefit and gospel-inspired concerts have been reported throughout the country over the past year, proving that when traditional means of support may be failing, people’s beneficence will continue to sing.