The Centre in Mbare, a legacy initiative of the Lynde Francis Trust (LFT), has become a hub for community projects that benefit more than 800 vulnerable women, adolescents and young children in Zimbabswe’s most populous suburb. LFT works mainly with two support groups that offer HIV counselling and referrals and support for abused and orphaned children, among many other services.
The trust and its volunteers recently started two pilot programmes at The Centre:
1. Weekly Early Childhood Development (ECD) Classes
2. Weekly cookery, baking and nutrition training - for mothers of undernourished children.
The programmes are conducted in tandem with a twofold aim: to enable mothers and carers prepare their children for entry level into local schools and to improve the long-term nutritional staus of their children.
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- Mothers and carers discuss with Ondine Francis of Lynde Francis Trust the weekly menu for children in the ECD classes at The Centre in Mbare.
- A weekly cookery and nutrition demonstration for mothers and carers at The Centre in Mbare.
- Anya Prins, a volunteer teacher from the Netherlands, conducting an ECD class at The Centre in Mbare.
- Anya Prins, a volunteer teacher from the Netherlands, working with a mother and child during an ECD session at The Centre in Mbare.