The Story of Chinyausunzi Community
Chinyausunzi is an area within the greater community of Sakubva in Zimbabwe which is filled with single room homes originally built for migrant industrial workers. As the community changed, the infrastructure has remained the same resulting in multiple generations of families living in one residence leading to massive overcrowding and very poor sanitation. Industry has come to a stand-still. A steady income is illusive, forcing young girls into prostitution in order to make enough money to buy food to sustain their families. Many children have been orphaned due to their parents dying from the effects of HIV/Aids, leaving a void of parental guardianship. Grandparents, many of whom are frail from old age are left with the responsibility to care, but often find they are overwhelmed and unable to cope. The alarmingly high rates of HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and infection within Chinyausunzi have a devastating impact on the thousands of families who can barely afford food for a single day, let alone clinic fees.
Children currently supported: 100
Number of Care Workers: 8
Distance from MUTARE Local Office: 10 km
Basic Services Started: 2017
There are currently eight Care Workers from Chinyausunzi Community Based Organisation (CBO) who sacrificially give up their time to visit the most vulnerable children. These Care Workers are united in bringing love and hope to a community facing desperate times.
The community of Chinyausunzi is located within the broader community known as Sakubva. In 2012, Hands at Work began working with the Care Workers from the Sakubva CBO to serve the most vulnerable children. Due to the extent of the need, the Care Workers were walking long distances to visit the children in Chinyausunzi Community. In 2015, the Mutare Local Office team and members of the South African Regional Support Team began walking in the community to assess the need and find a suitable location to support the children out of.
Volunteers from Hands at Work were walking in Chinyausunzi when they met Pastor Sunday from the local Christian Marching Church who had a good relationship with one of the pastors on the Sakubva CBO Board. Pastor Sunday felt compelled to help Hands at Work start caring for the most vulnerable children in his community by giving the Chinyausunzi CBO land to use for the Care Point.
Two Care Workers and one cook transitioned from serving at the Sakubva CBO to serving in Chinyausunzi because it was closer to their homes. A team of Care Workers have been mobilised to serve with these ladies, many of whom are Primary Caregivers of the children being supported by Hands at Work.
The Care Workers are currently providing 75 children with a daily hot, nutritious meal. There are many more children across Sakubva they would love to be able to care for. Clinic fees are also provided for the children in need in order to ease the burden on their struggling families who would otherwise have been unable to afford it. Care Workers also advocate on behalf of their children to attend the local schools.
Tinshe* is a 14-year-old girl living with her mother and siblings. When her father left the family in 2015, life became extremely challenging. Her mother struggled to pay for rent, school fees and daily basic necessities. Since attending the Care Point, Tinshe’s life has changed for the better. She can play with other kids and is visited on a regular basis by her loving Care Worker, Nyika,* who brings the love and encouragement of Christ.
The Hands at Work office in Mutare currently supports six Community Based Organisations, which exist to care for the most vulnerable in their communities. The office provides training, networking, and encouragement to those Community Based Organisations like Chinyausunzi. It also gives administrative support, including helping with funding proposals, monitoring and evaluation, bookkeeping and reporting to donors.