Who are we?
At mukundi, we seek to address the needs of orphans affected by HIV/AIDS. Our aim is to provide safe environments where orphans can develop skills and mindsets that help them become resilient individuals who can deal with real-world complexities. Hence the name of our organisation, mukundi, is a Shona word which means one who overcomes or rises above challenges.
What we do?
Our idea of orphan care is holistic and sustainable, in that the focus is not only on providing immediate needs but also on the future of the individual. This will be guided by the following interlinked pillars i.e. health and wellness; exploration; enhanced competencies; integration and self-actualisation
Vision: We envision a world where orphans can grow in environments, where they can realize their full potential thus enabling them to become resilient individuals with self-determined futures. Mission: To create environments where orphans not only access their immediate needs but also develop the necessary skills and mindsets to navigate real-world complexities with confidence as they transition into adulthood
Our upcoming projects
At mukundi’s shelter will be offered as an open space home, creating a sense of security/belonging by creating room for constant engagement. Here our beneficiaries will also have access to their needs e.g. mental and physical health; nutrition; support and love. Between the ages of 15-18, the beneficiaries will start living independently in tiny homes/cottages located a distance away from the main home. Our first pilot project will be starting in April 2024, we will be taking in three orphans under our care. These three will be mukundi’s first beneficiaries under our residential program
Skills will be developed through exploration and experience. Through themed camps, our beneficiaries will embark on nature, culture, science, information and technology expeditions that are highly interactive and involve a wide array of games, sports, art, music, and dance. These camps will also enhance a range of skills e.g. cognitive skills, interpersonal skills, hard and soft skills. Our first pilot project will be starting in the first term holiday, the theme of the camp is Intellectual Fun Camp.
Our beneficiaries will engage in community development projects with the community. This will allow them to integrate into community; develop social skills; empathize with other people’s needs, and critically question their contribution to society. As one of our first pilot projects, we will be carrying out Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) with the young people in our area of operation. This comes from the viewpoint that there are still some issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, most of these issues are closely related to (SRHR).