Chiedza Child Care ZIMBABWE

Chiedza Child Care ZIMBABWE

The dance which brings solace.

At the colonial times, Zimbabwe was one of the fastest developing African countries. Unfortunately, due to mistakes in economy management and political conflicts the country sank into deep crisis. Zimbabwean dollar has been recorded in the history of economics as the second currency when speaking about hyperinflation – it was possible to buy 8 billion dollars for one zloty. Moreover, as a result of epidemics (cholera and HIV) decimating the population, the country was sinking into destitution and poverty. It is not surprising then, that ROKPA Zimbabwe, with its seat in the capital city of Harare, looks after over 1500 children, and additionally it provides care for 7 thousand people participating in various types of education programmes. It also supports the Chiedza Child Care Centre organisation, where children spend their time in an active way, they may eat a warm meal and gain knowledge and skills, which will help them become “self-sufficient” in their adult lives – and this is the most important advantage for the inhabitants of this country, where the unemployment rate equals 95%. The association also leads an artistic group of children, who make integration, relax and playing their goals and who by their work express the Zimbabweans’ love for rhythm and traditional ritual dance. The team is led by Olina Mashinge, who underlines that in previous years, as a result of participation in Brave Kids, her children came to the awareness that the origin or lower social status cannot be an excuse, which will hinder their development – the children were instilled with faith in their own uniqueness, which had a fantastic impact on their self-esteem.