Local Partner: Shinga Development Trust
Local Partner Director: Margaret Makambira
Area Served: Mutare, Zimbabwe
Program Goal: Primary education, women’s literacy, vocational skills training, orphan care and food self-sufficiency.
Program Services Provided: Primary education, women’s literacy, vocational training, orphan care and food self-sufficiency.
Number of Program Beneficiaries: More than 700 individuals in the city of Mutare.
Current Needs: Ongoing feeding programs, school fees and vocational training costs, operating of the farm, construction of orphans home.
Shinga Development Trust, formerly known as Emmanuel Ministries, is an outreach program serving Mutare, Zimbabwe. Until 2013 Shinga also served the people of Manica, Mozambique through orphan care, schools, and skills training programs but was able to integrate their programs with the benefitting communities and eventually transfer the management of daily operations to local community leaders. This was a great success for Shinga – and for us at Bread and Water for Africa – in fulfilling our mission of sustainability and community ownership!
Today, Shinga consists of a women’s literacy and vocational training program, pre-schools, a primary school, a clinic, a church, a men’s welding program, a cooperative small scale agricultural program and a childcare program for orphaned children. Bread and Water for Africa® provided support for the program including funds for the pre-school and orphan care buildings, and equipment and supplies for the vocational training programs. After construction, we have provided ongoing support to the hardworking team at Shinga to ensure that each endeavor gets off to a running start!
The women’s vocational training program focuses on sewing, bread salesmanship, hair dressing and brick-making activities. Sewing machines and sewing supplies were purchased with funds from Bread and Water for Africa® and the women made school uniforms for their own children and to sell to others. They are also able to make other types of clothing and craft items to sell to help support their families.
We continue to be amazed and inspired by diligent joint efforts of Margaret, the people in the local community who are participating in the programs, and the volunteers who are supporting this effort.