A champion for the vulnerable

Winnie Masaraure from Hatcliffe Extension, Harare, has become a beacon of hope in her area, especially to 10 orphans whose parents succumbed to the deadly Aids pandemic.

Masaraure (50) houses and cares for children at a tiny centre, Tichakunda, and offers them free education. Established in January, the children’s home is situated at a two-hectare plot where she grows vegetables, mushrooms and other crops to support the children.

“I am passionate about caring for the disadvantaged children in the community,” she said, “seeing them through their schooling and providing them with decent shelter. These children need all the love.”

The centre, with six boys and four girls, has become popular with other residents who often chip in with food donations and other basics.

Masaraure, working with 22 volunteers, said her work was well received within the local community.

Lloyd Chihumwi (48) said he decided to join Masaraure when he heard about her work. “Many people wondered how a man could work at a children’s centre but I understand the importance of looking after disadvantaged orphans.”

Apart from the 10 orphans, Masaraure said she was inundated with requests for intervention from nearby homes where children were struggling to make ends meet because of rising poverty.

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