Ubuntu Journey 2014: Zimbabwe
Coming Together for Women and Children
This is an exciting first for an Ubuntu Journey, hosted by the coordinator of the health board of the Zimbabwe Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, established in 2010 to oversee and promote health and development work in Zimbabwe in collaboration with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
The Journey will include the following:
- Visits to the three United Methodist Church mission hospitals.
- Work in some of the waiting mother’s shelters and the Old Mutare orphanage.
- Discussions on maternal and women’s health.
- Talks on health care for children.
See firsthand how the Zimbabwe health board is implementing its strategic plan to support three of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals: reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. We will interact and dialogue with the United Methodist women of Zimbabwe, whose strong mission program includes working with the “waiting mothers” who walk many miles to the shelters several months prior to giving birth to ensure they receive good prenatal health care. For additional information, you may contact team leader Jane Dunn at 630-605-1020 or Janedunn2@me.com.
Itinerary: Feb. 7-18, 2014
Friday, Feb. 7: Depart U.S.
Saturday, Feb. 8: Arrive in Harare at 1-2 pm - Transportation to Homestay
Sunday, Feb. 9:
Breakfast with home hosts
A.M.: Attend local church
P.M.: Bus tour of Harare area
Monday, Feb. 10:
A.M.: Tour Old Mutare Mission Hospital, Africa University.
Travel to Mutare from Harare (3 hour trip)
Check-in at Africa U. Lodge
Lodging/ Meals at Africa University Lodge
Tuesday, Feb. 11: Fairfields Orphanage Home (visit and interact with children)
Wednesday, Feb. 12:
Breakfast & Lunch at Africa U. Lodge
A.M.:Tour Waiting Mothers Shelter in Old Mutare
P.M.: Health Education exchange with waiting mothers
Travel to Mutambara Mission (2 hour trip)
Lodging & dinner at Mutambara Mission
Thursday, Feb. 13:
Breakfast/Lunch at Mutambara Mission
Tour Mutambara Hospital & Women’s Shelter
Tour Schools, Central Office
Lunch Mission Center
Health Education exchange with waiting mothers
Travel back to Africa U. (2 hour trip)
Lodging/1Meal at Africa University
Friday, Feb. 14:
Breakfast at Africa U.
Travel to Nyadire Mission (2 hour trip)
A.M.: Tour women’s shelter in A.M.
Health Education Exchange with waiting mothers
Lunch at Nyadire Mission
Travel to Harare
Saturday, Feb. 15: Depart to airport for Victoria Falls or U.S.
Sunday, Feb. 16: Tour Victoria Falls
Monday, Feb. 17: Depart for U.S.; Leave Harare at 1:25 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 18: Arrive at New York's JFK airport at 6 a.m.
Jane Dunn is the U.S. Team Leader for Ubuntu, Zimbabwe. She has been a medical mission leader for over 20 years. Leading multiple mission teams to Panama and similar ones to Costa Rica and Senegal, she has provided training for local health care promoters who have, in turn, provided valuable assistance to their communities. She is active with her local United Methodist Women group.
Hannah Mafunda is the Hostess Ubuntu Team Leader and is a member of the Chisipiti Circuit United Methodist Church. She is a member of the circuit health committee and serves as coordinator of the United Methodist Episcopal Health Board for the Zimbabwe Annual Conference, working to ensure community-based programs and basic primary health care reach people.