The Story of Chinaka B Community
With Chinaka B sitting on the border of Mozambique, many families struggle without the consistency of fathers in the home as they travel between the two countries in search of work. Polygamy is common with men taking on many wives and fathering many children, but unfortunately take little responsibility for them. There is also a high level of sexual crime and domestic abuse. Unfaithful husbands are notorious for leaving their families abruptly. HIV/AIDS is rampant throughout Chinaka B and although antiretroviral drugs are available, they are extremely costly and out of reach for the most vulnerable families. Similarly, malaria is a common and widespread danger and many people live at risk of this deadly disease because of a lack of education about its risk, prevention and treatment.
Most people in Chinaka B are completely reliant on their small plots of land around their homes to grow crops, mostly consisting of maize, to feed their families from harvest time to the end of the year. Because of two seasons of failed crops, these families simply do not have enough food. Once the maize is finished, they will have nothing to eat. Unemployment is very high in the community because the main industry is agriculture. The drought has driven the prices of staple foods - maize meal, oil and vegetables - extremely high.
Children currently supported: 50
Number of Care Workers: 11
Coordinator Name: ELIZABETh
Basic Services Started: July 2018
Over the years, as the needs of the most vulnerable within the community and surrounding area continued to grow, the Hands at Work local office team in the Honde Valley and the Zimbabwe Regional Support Team knew they needed to respond. In 2017, they started walking in a new area of the community known as Chinaka B where the most vulnerable children are in desperate need of life-giving services.
Elizabeth, a Care Worker originally from Chinaka Community Based Organisation (CBO) but living in the Chinaka B area, graciously agreed to be the coordinator of Chinaka B CBO. A group of ten additional women have recognised their responsibility to care for the most vulnerable children and have become Care Workers. Many of these woman are the Primary Caregivers of the children they serve. In July, the ladies took part in a Hands at Work Foundational Training, learning the heart and vision of Hands at Work in caring for the most vulnerable.
The Care Workers, with support from the Honde Valley local office team, began visiting the homes of the most vulnerable children, assessing their needs to ensure that the most vulnerable are being reached. In July 2018, 50 of the most vulnerable were welcomed to the Care Point in Chinaka B for the very first time, and started receiving a nutritious meal and support with their education and health care.
The Care Point currently exists on a local pastor’s land. He allows the CBO to not only operate their daily Care Point activities there, but also to store their food and supplies in his church.
Eight-year-old Anatsa* lives with her brother, Danai* under the care of their aunt, Aneni*. Anatsa and Danai experienced deeply traumatic events when their father killed their mother and was subsequently imprisoned. The experience left them very wounded and in need of support. The children both attend the Care Point in Chinaka B every day which relieves a burden for their aunt, but they still need a deep level of nurturing and care. Please pray for these siblings.
The Hands at Work local office team in the Honde Valley currently supports five 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 Chinaka B. It also gives administrative support, including helping with funding proposals, monitoring and evaluation, bookkeeping and reporting to donors.