MUTOKO - ZIMBABWE
Started with a prayer group in 1993 – Zimbabwe is the longest active of Mother of Peace Communities. It is situated on a farm (155ha) adjacent to the historical Mutemwa Leper Colony and the John Bradburne memorial site and shrine. 60 ha of this farm are arable and the rest is taken up by paddocks, a large dam, mountain and residential areas.
This Community is run effectively using a 6 departmental operation, i.e.
- Administration and Finance – which oversees and co-ordinates all other departments
- Child Care and Social Services – responsible for the care of all children and adults with social problems. This department communicates with relevant authorities for the admission of children, the placement, re-integration and acquisition of birth certificates.
- Health and Environmental Services – this department is responsible for the health care of both children and adults of the Community, including the needy from the surrounding towns.
- Education, Culture, Sport and Art – department provides for the psycho-social needs of the children, it enhances the quality of the children (attending formal schools) performance. A kindergarden, and a pre-school, as well as skills training centre is on site.
- Construction and maintenance – this department is responsible for all construction and maintenance work on the property. It covers brick-laying, plumbing, electrical, carpentry and welding.
- Agriculture – agronomy and livestock - covering crops, horticulture, dairy, beef, piggery, fish and honey production.
Children of different ages ( 0 – 16 yrs) are referred to the Community by the government department of social welfare. On arrival many are ill with malnutrition and/or symptoms of HIV infections, etc.
Some children are dumped/abandoned in various awkward ways, like dustbins, blair toilets, road sides, bushes, etc. others have been abused, other have lost both parents and others are brought in by the police, well wishers or relatives.
At Mother of Peace the children are cared for physically, emotionally and spiritually. Truly astonishing transformations occur. Children often amaze us with their ability to ‘bounce back’ and it is incredible to see how quickly a child begins to thrive when nurtured in a warm and loving environment.
However, various challenges continue to hinder progress in all areas of operations. Due to the current economic situation in the country and globally, progress has been severely slowed doen. There is a dire need for funding to revive all the departmental projects striving for self sufficiency.
Should you wish to help rescue the situation, please contact Stella or Jean Cornneck at Mother of Peace, PO Box 310, Mutoko, Zimbabwe or Marion Jamieson at
10 new and 5 old sewing machines, have been donated to the training centre. A learn-to-sew project, has been initialized and will be up and running in the near future.
Computers have been donated and a programme is underway to train children and villagers on computers.
Wood and metal work:
As Mother of Peace is situated in a rural area all the metal and wooden items are built on the property.
A dairy herd, beef herd, piggery, layers, free range chickens and turkey livestock section is maintained on the farm therefore a portion of the needs of this community, is met by the above.
Maize, ground nuts, cow peas, winter wheat, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and onions are grown and provide the children with some of their needs.
Fishing during the summer months also supplies a form of protein for the children.