MRO – Community outreach

The Matthew Rusike Organisation in the Community (MRO) is the national flagship for childcare in Zimbabwe, through the Methodist Church. Resource centres are being developed across the country, in urban and rural districts, where vulnerable children can be cared for for up to 2 weeks while families are traced and encouraged to foster them; child carers can safely leave their preschool siblings so they can continue attending school; grandparents can get help and support in caring for their grandchildren orphaned by AIDs and local volunteers provide loving care, hot meals and help with homework. Each centre aims to supplement their food by developing their own garden and poultry project. Through these centres around 7,000 vulnerable children are reached and supported in someway. Each of the current CRCs, some of which are still being built, are marked on the map above.

There has been no Government help for the Home since 2002. The Friends of MRCH now provide a substantial amount of the daily running costs of the Home.

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