Chambuta refugee camp transformed into a rehab centre for street kids

By ZBC Reporter

The refugees’ tide has ended at Chambuta camp in Chiredzi, and now concerted efforts led by Angel of Hope Foundation in partnership with other stakeholders are capacitating the children’s rehabilitation centre that was established on its ruins.

Tucked deep on the outer edge of Chikombedzi, Chambuta National Rehabilitation Centre used to be a holding camp for refugees displaced by insurgent operations of Mozambican rebels, RENAMO.

Post instability era in Mozambique, the camp soon became a relic in the midst of the peace-loving people of Chilonga.

While the government decided to transform Chambuta into a rehabilitation centre for homeless children in 2015, it was the intervention of the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa early this year that the refugee camp began to turn in a way that has not gone unnoticed.

Speaking in Harare this Monday during a function where some partners availed various resources towards the philanthropic works unfolding at Chambatu, Amai Mnangagwa said the mission she started when she went into the streets of Harare for an encounter with some street kids, will be accomplished through partnerships.

The rehabilitation process of children taken from streets by the First Lady has already started to bear fruit as witnessed by letters some children have written regarding how there are coping at their new home.

Various stakeholders have since committed themselves to become part of the unfolding story at Chambatu, with those who graced this Monday’s handover ceremony speaking on the journey travelled and the task ahead.

The city of Harare has been tasked to rally other local authorities to support the initiative which is set to equip children with life-changing skills.