CEOs to give free meals to the homeless

HARARE - Today (October 12) managers of local companies, operating under the banner of the CEO Eatout Movement, will run a pop-up restaurant at Hellenic Sports Club where they will, among other things, serve meals for free to the homeless.

According to Henry Ngoni Chigama, who founded the initiative last year, in addition to free meals, the homeless will also be treated to a shower, haircut, medical checkup, change of clothes as well as receive counseling and legal aid services.

“The CEO EatOut Movement is fundraising and resource mobilisation drive to raise awareness and fight homelessness, poverty and social inequality in Zimbabwe. The initiative uses collaborative corporate social responsibility and leadership engagement to mobilise resources and funds towards fighting these social equalities,” said Chigama, adding that the long term vision of the CEO EatOut Movement is to build an institution for homeless people where they can go and be assisted with skills training and career development programmes.

“This is my life purpose, I started this social movement as a way of helping fight social inequalities. I was once homeless for several months in South Africa in 2016 and this inspired me to start this movement as my small way to help end homelessness and poverty in Africa and beyond.”

Chigama and his partners are determined to make the CEO Eatout Movement a sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility intiative.

“This initiative seeks to encourage the business community, through their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes, to participate in raising awareness and resource mobilisation for the homeless communities in Zimbabwe.

“We hope to make this movement a sustainable annual drive and, each year, we will focus on addressing the principal pillars needed to integrate the homeless back into society, these being shelter, nutrition, health care, education and community support,” he told the Daily News.

The Initiative, which according to Chigama is run by a board trustees and a management strategic team which comprises individuals from a number of organisations, both corporate and non-profit, has several beneficiaries.

“Each year our beneficiaries change depending on which thematic/ principle pillars we are addressing. For this year 2018, we are looking to addressing education, sports and integration.

“Our major beneficiaries this year are Hatcliffe 3 Primary which is in desperate need of assistance in terms of classroom blocks, toilets, floors, we would like to assist Young Achievement Sports for Development (YASD) to send a team to this year’s Homeless World Cup in Mexico City in November and pay school fees and associated costs for 50 students attending Hatcliffe 3 Primary School,” said the CEO Eatout Movement founder.

Comments (7)

WONDER IF THE LOCAL MANAGEMENT CEOS' SHOULD NOT FEEL FOR THE POOR UNLESS THEY HAVE ADOPTED THE WESTERN ACADEMIC COMPENSATION CHEME WHERE THEIR SALARIES HAVE ADOPTED A NEW LABOUR PRICE CURVE TO OF ORDINARY WORKERS. EXPERIENCE SHOWS THERE ARE NO UNIQUE JOBS & SANITY IS TO WALK AWAY FROM VERY HIGH SALARIES TO CREATE ADMIRERS SUFFERING INSIDE WITH NO JOB - THEY WANT PROFIT - AN INSENSITIVE WESTERN MODEL.

John Gwizo - 12 October 2018

30 years ago , 8 years after the war, there were no homeless people in Zimbabwe , apart from whites coz they dont have strong extended families. He or she might have a brother or sister in Borrowdale or Chisipiti but sleeping rough by the railway station with a bottle of Bells or Wilson's Lawson every night. This is certainly not the Zimbabwe we grew up in. No one is Homeless....there are low paid jobs out there on farms paying US$450 + acc per mo .

YM - 12 October 2018

The CEOs with such a time to waste ??...Homeless CEOs , what will churches do ??. It could have made sense if the programme was in South Africa where you became homeless. Is the lack of skills the problem with the homeless ? , i dont think so - Mental issues or living with such people could cause someone to move out , alcoholism , drug addiction , poverty or low income , racism , ex prisoner , etc. Amongst the homeless there are qualified persons - architects , doctors , teachers , vet surgeons , etc , mostly single men that have gone through a rough. Maybe you were in a wrong area in RSA , did you try to move from eg Midrand to Ethekwini ?. The area one is in has a huge influence in the way one manages life. For example , 80% of the homeless in the UK are either Scottish or Irish and the rest are Europeans and other ( undoc migrants and documented where there is racism)... well the number is in hundreds of thousands because the definition of homelessness includes couch surfing , living with parents or friends etc. The reason is those folks traditionally thrive with the wild chasing rabbits up the mountains. Put them in the cities , they become tramps. Their areas need to be protected so that they can thieve organically....we need to recognise too such places of importance and the people in our country. How many of those CEOs live in homes worth above $1Mn ?? , can they ask themselves this; what right do they have to judge ,that is if they are indeed in businessses that kill a dough. The odds of them going homeless is higher than an average person.

Friday piritsi - 12 October 2018

AT least 500 homeless people die in the EU every year , this is due to drugs related issues...but then more people , especially the elderly, die inside their homes due to e.g not having enough heating during the winters or loneliness which cause them to drink too much. It is rare to find a homeless person dead due to freezing conditions. People that are outdoor adapt to the conditions. I used to wear a t-shirt only during the cold season , temperatures under -5 degrees , in MY 20s till now , i still do but less often. i LOVE THE Outdoors - winter sports , playing in the snow , etc. I would prefer to be out all winters to to be inside my house , maybe let it out and make $1300/wk plus to use for summer holiday.

Buckie Buck - 12 October 2018

If you became homeless in RSA you have mental health issues. Was your homelessness caused by lack of skills ? , then you must go to college in RSA where you were homeless . I dont see where the inspiration is. You were probably in the UK i suspect....over there you will find some black guys that are really homeless , i dont mean in London ; no washing for months , some walk with no shoes , have black teeth , etc , and the strangest thing is - they shag women that have a normal life - jobs , cars , husbands etc....you might not believe it but its true. They like guys that are really cheap and unwashed. Its at the bottom of the ladder. But i think the problem is your mind not RSA or your skills , if you were ever there. You need to manage depression.

Yousuf Muradzika - 13 October 2018

Homeless is word with several meanings - To some it means a scottish or irish person if they live in England and in Scotland it means a British person , then to women it means a single man.

Uj - 14 October 2018

That ol' dude who was roughing in NHG for months and I used to bring him freshly backed pastries and croissants each morning and itsus , salads etc.....he has a £15Mn house in W11. The death of his wife made him lose it.

Home is heart - 16 October 2018

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