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: 11
Coordinator Name: Sarah
Basic Services Started: 2010
Farai Ngunhe, a man who grew 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 Local Office team in Mutare. In 2017, Farai transitioned from the coordinator of the Mutare Local Office to the leader of the Hands at Work Regional Support Team in Zimbabwe. A local lady, Jane, became the coordinator of Pimai Christian Caring Trust and helped the CBO grow and because of the need, split into 3 separate CBOs: Pimai A, B, and C. In 2017, Jane left Pimai Christian Caring Trust to form the new Hands at Work Local Office team in Honde Valley, alongside John, another former Care Worker. In response, dedicated Care Worker Sarah has taken ownership for the day-to-day responsibilities of running the CBO as coordinator. It is through this group of Care Workers that Chionesu* and 149 others are cared for lovingly.
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.