The Chapwanya Mother Support Group, from the district of Chikomba, consists of 14 women who came together in 2006 to help vulnerable and orphaned children in their community.
Their aim is to engage in self-help projects that enable the group to raise funds to assist these children, as well as their own families. By doing so, the Mothers hope to support the social and economic empowerment of rural girls and young women, and to promote their social, economic, reproductive, physical and psychological freedoms.
Thanks to the support of donors worldwide, the Chapwanya Mother Support Group has been able to help many children in their community. By consulting heads of schools in the neighborhood, they're able to best identify those children in need of support. The group's members are active in a number of ways; the greatest achievement, according to the leader of this group, Mrs. Chibawe, was when the group disbursed 100 exercise books, 40 pens and 20 pencils to 20 beneficiaries who were visibly delighted and overwhelmed by receiving the stationery. They were also able to assist some children with access to daily necessities such as salt, vaseline, and clothes.
The Chapwanya Mother Support Group's motto is, "Help them help themselves through empowerment, support and education". Thanks to the donations supporting this group, and others like it, Mothers across Zimbabwe are able to fulfill this motto and vision.