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2019 Children's Day "Hand in Hand" Orphan Party Event Held in Harare

On June 2nd, the annual Children's Day "Hand in Hand" Orphans Party was held at the Harare Longcheng Plaza Children's Park. The event was co-sponsored by the Zimbabwe Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe and Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (Group) Co., Ltd. (AFECC). Counselor Wang Wei ---wife of Ambassador Guo Shaochun,Executive Vice President of the Zimbabwe Chinese Chamber of Commerce Li Manjuan, General Manager of AFECC Fang Haishan, the representative of Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare of Zimbabwe and nearly 400 orphans from 11 Orphanages and volunteers participated in this event.

The children came to the Children's Park early in the morning, where they were given an opportunity to play and enjoy the Park. The photographers of the Zimbabwe Chinese Photographers Association filmed and printed beautiful photos on the spot for the children to ensure that each child went home with his/her photo. The Chinese photographers were applauded for capturing the snapshots of the lovely childhood  for the children. Teachers and volunteers from Confucius Institute also awarded the children an opportunity to experience Chinese culture through calligraphy and paper-cutting. Members of the Chinese Medical Team conducted a free medical examination for the orphans who participated in this event.

In her speech, Counselor Wang Wei spoke highly of the Zimbabwe Chinese Chamber of Commerce for organizing such an event of Children's Day party for orphans yearly since 2015. She said that the orphans' party activities are a concrete manifestation of the Chinese people's active participation in social welfare undertakings and giving back to the local community. The Chinese have made positive contributions in helping the disadvantaged groups in Zimbabwe and promoting the friendship between the people of China and Zimbabwe. The Chinese government and Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe appreciate and encourage the active participation of the Chinese Community in Zimbabwe on the welfare of children. The Chinese will continue to provide help and support within the limits of their ability, promote the well-being of the people, promote the cultural exchanges between the peoples, and keep moving forward for the China-Zimbabwe relationship.

In her speech, the representative of Minister of Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare of Zimbabwe expressed sincere gratitude to the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the AFECC for co-hosting the event to bring warmth and care to the disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe. She stated that children are the future of the country and the hope of the nation and it is the duty of Zimbabwean government to ensure the healthy growth of every child. She also stated that the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare is working hard to promote the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international conventions to effectively protect and promote the rights of children and hoped that the Chinese government and civil institutions will continue to support the development of the children's cause and work together to protect the future of Zimbabwe.

Counsellor Wang Wei, Executive Vice President Li Manjuan, General Manager Fang Haishan and the representative of Minister of Public Service, Labor and Social Welfare of Zimbabwe donated mealie-meal, cooking oil, blankets, biscuits and cultural and sports materials to more than ten orphanage representatives to show the love Chinese government and Chinese people has for Zimbabwe people.

Children from Dzikwa Trust performed Zimbabwe traditional songs and dance, dressed in traditional costumes made of grass skirts and cow skin using African drums, marimba. To further entertain the guests and children, the Master of Ceremony invited Chinese friends to join them on stage to sing and dance and it brought the atmosphere of the party event to a climax.

Reporters such as the Herald, the ZBC, and the Chinese journalists made reports on the spot.

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