The trust was founded by Evans Mangwende and other family members with the intention of addressing the plight of the underprivileged, marginalised communities in Murewa District, Zimbabwe and the region.
Their father the late Jonathan Mangwende inspired this idea as he had a passion of assisting the needy during his tenure as chief through the Zunde raMambo concept.
The trust’s thrust is in assisting orphans and vulnerable children, widows, the physical, visual impaired, mentally challenged as well as those suffering from albinism.
Due to the macro-economic environment being experienced in the country currently the Trust has given itself the mandate of complimenting the government’s efforts of realizing the achieving of the millennium sustainable development goals.
The trust will accomplish this through the guidance of its vision, goals, mission statement and values.
The trust will draw lessons from other NGOs, CBOs and FBOs to ensure that the programmes are done in a ‘holistic’ manner to ensure impact and sustainability.
Evans Mangwende was born in 1972, is a Zimbabwean citizen, and from a young age he became passionate about the welfare of the less fortunate. His father was a traditional leader from 1968 to 2013 when he passed away.
Evans is a student of Permaculture Design (PDC, working on diploma).
– Key Area I (Mitigation) –
- Payment of school fees
- Supplementary feeding
- Purchasing of medication and stationery
- Provision of sanitary pads
- Purchasing of lotions and sunglasses for the albinos
- Provision of equipment for indoor and outdoor games
– Key Area II (Prevention) –
- Information dissemination
- Trainings in parenting skills
- Workshops in renewable energy
- Sensitization meetings
- Trainings in sustainable livelihoods
– Key Area III (Advocacy) –
- Lobbying for the rights of the disadvantaged groups
- Attending fora pertaining to the said groups
- Awareness campaigns
- Formation of support groups
– Goal –
TO PROVIDE AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE UPLIFTMENT AND TRANSFORMATION OF COMMUNITIES IN MUREWA DISTRICT, ZIMBABWE AND THE REGION.
– Vision –
UPLIFTED AND TRANSFORMED COMMUNITIES
– Mission Statement –
THE MANGWENDE ORPHAN CARE TRUST IS A CHRISTIAN BASED TRUST, WHICH CHERISHES THE FAMILY UNITY, MARRIAGE, DISCIPLESHIP, COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AND RESTORING HOPE AND A BRIGHT FUTURE.
– Values –
1. ACCOUNTABILITY 2. INTEGRITY
3. FAITHFULNESS 4. RESPECT
– Objectives –
- To establish friendly projects that alleviate the economic standing of OVCs (orphans and vulnerable children) and the community at large.
- To ensure the retention of OVCs in school and provide vocational training for school dropouts.
- To improve the nutritional standing of OVCs and communities through provision of food.
- To create fora that address the plight of the said groups.
- To provide support by training care-facilitators, peer-educators and care-givers.
- To mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS through psychosocial support activities.
- To capacitate the OVCs, widows, communities, physically, visually, mentally challenged and those living with albinism with skills to improve their livelihoods through income generating projects.
- To conscientize the communities with information on the ‘go green’-concept aiming at addressing the effects of climate change.
In Africa, there is a concept known as ‘UBUNTU’ – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others.
~ NELSON MANDELA.