The Story of MATSINHO Community
Since 2011, Care Workers from the local church in Matsinho Community have gathered to carry out their calling to care for the most vulnerable children within their community. Care Workers have let Christ work through them to transform the lives of the most vulnerable children in Matsinho. Since the Service Centre was formed nearby in Chimoio, it has allowed for a close relationship with the Community Based Organisation (CBO). This also gives the Service Centre the opportunity to grow more leaders as more time is spent together. The Care Workers work hard to advocate for the children they care for, especially the girls, who are susceptible to early marriages and pregnancies.
Children currently supported: 150
Number of Care Workers: 18
Coordinator Name: Maria
Distance fromChimoio Local Office: 35 km
Basic Services Started: 2015
The drought crisis has caused devastating challenges for communities like Matsinho. It is only by the emergency relief efforts that the poorest of the poor will survive. In April 2016, the daily services to children were increased from 75 to 125 and in 2017 increased to 150. All of those children added were from existing families who had no other form of food provision for their children because their small plots of land failed to bear any harvest due to the poor rainfall. April also saw feeding increase to seven days every week. This caused some challenges as the Care Point is currently being operated out of a local church. In response, one of the local Care Workers offered her own property for Sunday feeding which continues to this day.
The Care Workers and their own families faced similar challenges in finding food. Starting from the beginning of June, the Care Workers and their own dependents also joined the children at the Care Point every day to receive a hot, nutritious meal and to assist them further, each was given fertiliser and bean seeds in the hopes that late rains would afford them at least a small harvest yield.
The Care Workers regularly visit the children and build up strong relationships, enabling them to support each child physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This also helps them to accurately assess each child’s needs and make a plan for how to best intervene and provide sustainable care for them. Despite their own difficulties, the Care Workers aim to bring a Christ-like hope and love to their community.
Dakarai’s* father was murdered in 2013, when Dakarai was just six years old. He now stays with his mother and four siblings. After his father’s death, relatives sold the family’s land which left them vulnerable and unable to attend school. Since Care Worker Maria heard about Dakarai and his family, she helped the children return to school, and has transformed their lives with a Christ-like love. Dakarai is now in grade two, and has a new hope for his future.
The Hands at Work office in Chimoio currently supports two 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 Matsinho. It also gives administrative support, including helping with funding proposals, monitoring and evaluation, bookkeeping and reporting to donors.