L'Arche Zimbabwe is in the Waterfalls area of the capital Harare. We have two houses - the first of them (Ngoma house) was purchased for the community in 1997. The second (Brook House), was developed in 2007.
Although L'Arche traditionally focuses on the care of adults with learning disabilities, in Zimbabwe L'Arche was developed specifically for children. The reason is obvious - a high national mortality rate and a huge number of orphans in the streets.
Our community in Zimbabwe supports 25 children and young adults with learning disabilities, many of whom are orphaned or rejected by their families.
The community provides a home, school and workshop, where activities include candle-making, tie-dying and producing clothes, which generate income. However, there is almost no government support to help meet the living costs of people with learning disabilities in Zimbabwe. Whilst the economy has stabilised, the country is still dealing with the aftermath of rampant inflation. Life is hard and the costs of bare essentials are extremely high.