On the 7th of November 2019 the Chaplaincy led by Chaplain Reverend Maudy Muchanyerei accompanied by students in the Volunteers in Mission and members of staff, travelled to the home of the retired former Chaplain of Africa University Rev. Dr. Phillimon Chikafu at his Magarasadza homestead. The purpose of the visit was to not only express the profound gratitude of the University community to the former Chaplain, but to also lead by example in the care of the elderly who are often overlooked or forgotten in society.
Groceries (spaghetti, cooking oil, flour, sugar, salt and beans), donations amounting to over 3000 ZWL and a special luncheon organized by the Bonaventure- Ndorimana Dining Hall were among the goods presented to the Chikafu family. Retired Rev. Dr. Chikafu said,
“I just want to register my appreciation for putting us in your programme, for visiting us and giving us some goodies. My family registers it’s gratitude. I could not really believe it that Africa University had this family in their minds and for that we thank the administration, the Chaplaincy and the entire community. We pray that God blesses them and continues to be with them.”
In addition to the items donated, the Africa University Farm pledged to assist the Chikafu family with the ploughing of their fields before the coming of the rainy season. Costa Christopher, a student from Angola and a member of the VIM club said that the example being set for the student body and entire community of Ubuntu and togetherness was inspiring and moving.
He went on to say,
“I felt thankful for the visit as I am proud to say that Rev. Dr. Chikafu was one of my mentors and I so looked forward to hearing his wise sermons and learning from him how to lead a good and responsible life, especially as a student looking to build my country and continent as a future leader. It is indeed a motivation for others who work tirelessly to make our University what it is, that we see your great works and shall forever remember you. We are truly a family.”
Reverend Dr. Chikafu served as the Chaplain of the Africa University for nearly two decades before retiring towards the end of 2018. He was the cornerstone of the institutions’ spiritual identity and steadfastly nurtured and encouraged religious diversity on the campus reflective of the diversity of the University’s student body and staff.