Zimbabwe is a dynamic and beautiful country - much like the people who live in it - and full of history as the site of many former kingdoms and influential trade routes. A landlocked country surrounded by Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique, Zimbabwe boasts a beautiful landscape with mountainous regions to the east and bordered by the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers.
Zimbabwe has faced numerous economic and human rights challenges over the last decade, particularly during 2007 to 2008. This has made accessing good food, clean water, and affordable medicines very difficult and daily life can be especially difficult for families caring for children who have disabilities. While inflation has decreased and social service provision has improved, many Zimbabweans continue to face obstacles and staying in school can be a challenge for many children and their families.
Rokpa Support Network
"We aim to provide holistic support to urban vulnerable populations with a listening ear, proper referral, and emergency assistance" - Rokpa Support Network
VIDEA partners with the Rokpa Support Network (RSN) to work alongside parents of children with disabilities to provide a safe and caring space for the children to grow and develop. Through the leadership of our WHEAT committee we have worked in partnership with ROPKA for several years. Currently, we hope to partner with RSN to expand existing Parent to Parent (P2P) support groups to include a Relief Day Care as well as an After School Club in order to better serve the children and their families
In addition to caring for the needs of children with disabilities, ROPKA also assists orphans, their caregivers, and those who are chronically ill. ROPKA’s mission, to care for the most vulnerable, is carried out in their everyday work as they endeavor to provide a safe space for the children and their families. Both the Day Care and After School Club will provide space for vulnerable children to exercise their creativity, learn basic skills, and have access to nutritious food. The work that we do with ROPKA is inspired and guided by members of our WHEAT committee.
VIDEA has been partnering with Lorraine since 2008 to assist with the payment of school fees for over 100 children in rural Zimbabwe each year.
After working as a surgeon on and off in Zimbabwe for the greater part of the last twenty years, Lorraine shows her love for the country by returning to pay the school fees of as many children as she can each year.