The Story of SAKUBVA Community

Sakubva is a suburb 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 elusive, 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, who may be frail from old age or retired 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 Sakubva 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: 150

Number of Care Workers: 9

Coordinator Name: priscilla

Distance from MUTARE Local Office: 10 km

Basic Services Started: 2012


There are currently nine Care Workers from Sakubva Christian Caring Trust who sacrificially give up their time to visit the most vulnerable children in Sakubva. Under the leadership of the CBO coordinator Priscilla, these Care Workers have united to bring love and hope to a desperate community on its knees. Noticing the level of need was greater than their current reach, the local Hands at Work office and the Care Workers began to assess the homes that were under their care, as well as many other homes.

Determined to extend the reach of their care, a second Care Point was started across town with four Care Workers at the Sakubva Christian Marching Church. As of August 2016, 50 more children are receiving a hot, nutritious meal five days each week, as well as basic health care. Education is an ongoing challenge in Sakubva, but Hands at Work is currently developing a plan to address this huge need. As volunteers, the Care Workers do not receive an income and so decided to start their own Income Generating Activity (IGA). This began in 2015, making and selling peanut butter. It has been very effective and the Care Workers are able to have a share of the small profit. 

  The local church in Sakubva recently was mobilised to respond to the Biblical mandate to care for the orphaned and the widowed. Church mobilisation training took place, involving international church leaders from the UK, leaders of the Apostolic Faith Mission of Zimbabwe, as well as local Sakubva churches. Working together, the church is bringing hope and love in the midst of brokenness.

The Care Workers are currently providing 150 children with a daily hot, nutritious meal. But 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 local schools for free or at a reduced price, often choosing to work at the school in return for a free place for a child in their care.

Meet Garai

The only income that comes into this small, one-roomed home where Garai’s* mother lives with four children, is what she gains from the occasional sale of vegetables at the local market. Life has become difficult since Garai’s father passed away in 2007. They do not have enough money to pay for school fees or to eat regularly. Care Worker, Maria, visits them regularly, however. She understands their burdens and lovingly cares for the whole family in their home and at the Life Centre.

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 Sakubva. It also gives administrative support, including helping with funding proposals, monitoring and evaluation, bookkeeping and reporting to donors.