Chinyani village women and mothers celebrated International Woman’s Day with COA in a beautiful way. They also spent time discussing their farming work and how to continue growing together.
Chenga Ose Association and Global Solutions
So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:5
What can happen when two God fearing organizations join forces for the good of Zimbabwe? We are about to find out…
COA and Global Solutions are taking steps to learn more about each other and how they can work together. Late last month they met with children and adults with disabilities and their families.
The program started with praise and worship.
Lucia shared the COA story and how group members are supported and empowered.
The group was challenged to think about their perception of people with disabilities and why. Families and individuals shared their experiences, suffering and victories living with disabilities.
As the group further discussed and defined disabilities two panelists were called up to speak: Sister Mupawayenda a rehabilitation nurse and certified midwife to talk from a medical point of view and Henry Kane, a disability activist who is physically disabled. Henry summed up this time beautifully by saying that he does not consider himself “not normal” because he has not experienced the other ways of doing things.
COA member, Admire led the group in song which was an incredible blessing to everyone in the room.
After lunch COA Support Group co-coordinator gave an update on an income generation project they are doing by making different kinds of soap.
The afternoon also included a demonstration of tools needed to work on finger and hand coordination. Families were encouraged to exercise their children at home to help supplement health care they desperately need but are not receiving.
Pastor Sam was invited to provide background of GBP solutions and what they are learning with COA. Global Solutions acknowledged their hopes of hiring children from COA groups if they have skills they can use.
Davis Mambure (below) gave the vote of thanks, notices and way forward, then Pastor Kanodeweta closed the time in prayer.
This was a full and fruitful day together, yet COA members and Global Solutions are only just beginning their work together to provide more opportunities for people with disabilities in Zimbabwe!
More to come…
Here is a snap shop of a meeting with the leaders in ChiNyani village. As this community grows in their awareness of those with disabilities they will become more equipped to help them reach their potential.