The Story of PIMAI B Community
Pimai B is a very rural community located 110 kilometres north of Mutare in Zimbabwe. It is also very isolated and, as a result has a huge rate of unemployment. Most people rely on subsistence farming in order to survive. The high unemployment also leads to many women, desperately trying to care for their family, prostituting themselves. Early marriage is an issue in this community and many young mothers struggle to take responsibility for their young children. It is not unusual for girls to be seen around the village scouting for new relationships.
Children currently supported: 150
Number of Care Workers: 18
Coordinator Name: Sarah
Distance from MUTARE Local Office: 110 KM
Basic Services Started: 2010
Farai Gunhe, a man who had grown up in Pimai, saw the huge need around him and so in 2008, formed Pimai Christian Caring Trust, a Community Based Organisation (CBO) with the vision to care for the orphaned and vulnerable children in the community. In 2009, Farai left Pimai Christian Caring Trust to form the Hands at Work Mutare Service Centre and is now the Service Centre Coordinator. A local lady, Jane, became the coordinator of the Pimai Christian Caring Trust. The CBO has continued to grow and is now split into 3 separate CBOs: Pimai A, B, and C. Jane is currently the coordinator for all three CBOs.
Drought has severely increased the level of vulnerability in this community. The Honde Valley is known for its lush farmland with many plantations, but has suffered from the near-total crop failures in the last year. Unemployment, a lack of access to water and rising costs of food is crippling this community where many are already struggling. Many people have depended on eating food that they can grow themselves, but due to the drought, they cannot rely on their own gardens. In an effort to ease this burden, the CBO has secured a water source to ensure safe access to clean water and support the garden at the Life Centre.
Please continue to pray for the challenges, but also thank God for the way He has raised up willing servants in Pimai to serve and care for the most vulnerable.
Nyarai*, one of the Care Workers, loves and invests in the lives of children like Chionesu*. Now 16 years old and in grade 7, he has become unsettled and often acts out. His grandparents have raised Nyarai from a young age, but they have many challenges and distractions which prevent them from giving the care that Chionesu needs. They have sometimes resorted to selling the clothing that has been given to Chionesu, in order to buy alcohol.
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 Pimai B. It also gives administrative support, including helping with funding proposals, monitoring and evaluation, bookkeeping and reporting to donors.
As the Care Workers invested into her life, Kamali has learned how to trust and interact with others. The deeper the Care Workers have invested into her life, the more that they have been able to find out about her story.
At Hands at Work, our volunteers are called by God from all over the world to serve the most vulnerable in Africa. Each of us has a unique story of how we were transformed when we stepped out in faith and were obedient to His call. Prudence shares her story and the journey that has led her to fully trust and serve in South Africa.
When Nicholas* was just five years old, both of his parents tragically died in the same year, leaving him in the care of an uncle. His uncle was emotionally and physically abusive but with no one else to turn to, Nicholas was trapped in his home. His uncle refused to pay school fees so Nicholas was unable to attend school. Nicholas’ Aunt Mildred* visited the family and was appalled by Nicholas’ physical and emotional state.
Today I met Sarra*. A mother of three, who lost her husband sixteen years ago. Left as a widow, her husband’s brother came in and “claimed her”. He used her solely for sex, and she bore two of his children in the subsequent years. He took no responsibility for her or her children, and has now completely abandoned them.
Care Workers are the key in bringing healing and transformation to the lives of our children. They are men and women from the local churches within our communities who recognize their Biblical mandate and answer their call to care for the most vulnerable children. They demonstrate what it means to give freely, love unconditionally, and sacrifice everything. Often, Care Workers face their own traumas and live in dire poverty, just as the children they care for do, but their determination to persevere and care despite their own circumstances challenges everyone they come into contact with. They are greatest in the Kingdom of God!
At Hands at Work, our volunteers are called by God from all over the world to serve the most vulnerable in Africa. Each of us has a unique story of how we were transformed when we stepped out in faith and were obedient to His call. Farai tells his story of following Jesus in Zimbabwe, and how compassion for the poor and a desire to mobilise the local church has defined his life.
Jade joined Hands at Work in February as a volunteer from Australia, committed to serving in Africa for one year. After orientation in South Africa she travelled to Zimbabwe where she spent one month building relationships with the team of local leaders, and gaining a deeper understanding of the vision and heart of Hands at Work.
Honde Valley is a desperately poor community in Zimbabwe. It is here where 8 year old Nomsa* lives with her mother, Maiba*, 34, and her sister Grace*, who is 15 years old. They stay in an old house that desperately needs repair.
At just four years of age, Gideon became an orphan, losing both his mother and father after they had suffered from long illnesses. Gideon has become the man of the house. He bears the weight of responsibility to find work and give his family a daily chance of having food on the table.