The International Institute of Philanthropy yesterday awarded 10 most influential philanthropists with Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (DHL) degrees for their outstanding work in helping the less privileged.
These included musician Oliver Mtukudzi, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Commissioner General Mr Gershem Pasi, United International Family Church’s prophetess Ruth Makandiwa, Mrs Isabel Chihuri, wife to police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri, for her work at Kuyedza Women’s Club and Zimbabwe National Roads Administration chief executive officer Mr Frank Chitukutuku, Avenues Clinic managing director Ms Merissa Kambani, Pastor Ruth Musarurwa of Christ Embassy and Avondale Primary School head Dr N V Mtomba also received the honorary doctorate degrees.
These were awarded through the international organisation’s affiliate the Philanthropy Institution of Zimbabwe.
Moonlight Funeral Assurance and Services Company chief executive Mr Chomi Makina and president of the Philanthropy Institute of Zimbabwe Mr Enrico Sibanda also received doctorate and professorship degrees respectively.
Mtukudzi said he was honoured to receive such an award.
“I am so happy, proud and satisfied that the work I have been doing helped many lives. It is good to note that other people recognise what we do even when we least expect it,” he said.
Mr Chitukutuku said he was humbled by the gesture.
“I am excited and surprised that when you do things other people will be noticing you. On one side, we have managed to transform Zinara from what it was and we are also changing the face of roads. On the other side I have been involved in charity work at ZAOGA Forward in Faith,” he said.
Prophetess Ruth Makandiwa leads the United Family International Church’s charity arm, the Agape Family Care, which caters for the elderly, orphans, widows and the less privileged.
“I am happy to be associated with this prestigious institute. I was speechless and most humbled that the institute found me worthy of this recognition. It gives me faith in the work that God has commissioned us to undertake as a ministry at large and as Agape Family Care our charity arm. I continue to give all the glory to God.
“And to my best friend, husband, mentor, teacher and prophet, Emmanuel Makandiwa thank you for your relentless support, love, guidance, understanding, encouragement and prayers.”
The Institute for Philanthropy, was established in 2000 and is one of the world’s leading organisations providing education and thought leadership in strategic philanthropy.