Ruth Makandiwa – Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s Wife
Ruth Makandiwa is a Zimbabwean religious leader, prophetess at the United Family International Church (UFIC) and the wife of Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa, the founder of the church. She is actively involved in the ministry alongside her husband and is known for her philanthropic work throughout the country. This biography provides an overview of Ruth Makandiwa’s background, her involvement in charity work, and notable controversies surrounding her.
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Early Life, Family & Children
Ruth Makandiwa, born Ruth Makawa, is the daughter of Eliza Makawa. She is married to Emmanuel Makandiwa, and the couple has two sons named Joshua and Victor.
Involvement in Philanthropic Work
Ruth Makandiwa has dedicated herself to philanthropic work, making a significant impact on society. She is actively engaged in various charitable events and organizations, some of which she directly oversees. One notable event was her birthday celebration in 2013, where she hosted a party for homeless children. During the celebration, she donated goods such as stationary, clothing, and groceries to children from different orphanages. This annual tradition continues, with Ruth Makandiwa consistently donating on her birthday.
Apart from her annual donations to children’s homes, the prophetess is involved in other charitable activities. She makes hospital and clinic donations, engages in community development in rural areas, provides financial assistance for families facing difficulties, pays school and examination fees for selected high school and tertiary students, and empowers widows and orphans by assisting them in establishing income-generating projects.
Ruth Makandiwa heads the Agape Family Care, an organization that offers care and support to those in need. Through this foundation, she has donated groceries to more than two hundred widows, including those who are not church members. Her dedication to philanthropy was further demonstrated in February 2018 when she donated $300,000 to Auxilia Mnangagwa’s Charity Organization, Angel of Hope.
In July 2014, Ruth Makandiwa, along with nine other recipients, was conferred with an honorary doctorate degree by a dubious institution called the International Institute of Philanthropy (IIP). The credibility of the institution was questioned as it had only been registered a few weeks prior to awarding the honorary degrees. The institution’s chief facilitator, Enrico Sibanda, stated that they were a charitable organization not answerable to anyone when contacted for further details about the degrees.
Mercedes Benz Brabus
Ruth Makandiwa faced criticism in the media for an alleged “show-off attitude.” On Mother’s Day, she received a Mercedes Benz worth $200,000 as a gift. This sparked concerns and complaints about extravagant displays of wealth.