AIDS Orphans in Africa

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Mashambanzou Care Trust

Mashambanzou Care Trust 40 Sandown Road Waterfalls, Harare Zimbabwe
Tel: 00 263 4 610079 or 00 263 4 610937
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The Name - Mashambanzou means Waterfalls where the elephants go down to wash at dawn.

Mashambanzou Care Trust is an interdenominational, non-profit making organisation which has been in operation since 1990. It is a registered Private Voluntary Organisation and is based in Waterfalls, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Through the vision of Sr. Noreen Nolan of the Little Company of Mary, Mashambanzou Care Trust was founded in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1989.

Noreen saw how people infected with HIV were stigmatised, rejected and discriminated against. Her aim was to offer comfort and reassurance to people living with AIDS and their family members, enhancing the quality of their lives and enabling them to die with dignity and the knowledge that they were loved.

From Noreen's noble and humble vision, gradually grew the multifaceted organisation, Mashambanzou, as we know it today.

  • The initial prevention and care activities of the Trust included education and awareness-raising in schools and workplaces.
  • An 11-bed Palliative Care Unit was initially set up at St. Anne's Hospital in Avondale.
  • Mashambanzou later opened its own Care Unit in Waterfalls.
  • Mashambanzou currently offers holistic health care through six interlinked community outreach programmes.
  • Mashambanzou operates in the poorest suburbs of Harare.


To contribute meaningfully towards a reduction in the vulnerability associated with HIV prevalence, so as to witness healthier individuals who are better able to take responsibility for their own lives.


  • To provide quality care and support for poor people affected by HIV and AIDS in selected high-density areas of Harare.
  • To enable both the infected and affected to live positively and to realise healthier, happier and more fulfilled lives.
  • To empower local communities to deal with the AIDS pandemic with compassion and dedication.


We believe in:

  • justice, the dignity of a human being;
  • the right to be cared for even when dying.

We believe in:

  • giving hope and encouragement;
  • restoring dignity;
  • restoring hope to those who have lost faith.

We believe in:

  • seeking out the poor and rejected;
  • getting to the heart of a person's pain;
  • providing the best possible care.

We believe in:

  • respect and confidentiality;
  • understanding the client and the family.

We believe in:

  • empowering people for self-reliance;
  • programmes which develop people to their full potential;
  • the wholeness of an individual;
  • the strength of a community.

We believe that:

  • the disadvantaged have a right to care;
  • all are equal, regardless of health status.

We believe that:

  • we have to have love and compassion in our work.

An Holistic Approach

Our holistic approach to care has evolved from our desire to relieve suffering and our yearning to enrich life. Mashambanzou’s care is multi-dimensional, team-based and collaborative at its core.

Community education

Lack of awareness can silence people, and magnify the pain of stigma and discrimination. The individual, the family and the community all suffer where insensitivity and confusion prevail. At Mashambanzou we integrate education about HIV, human rights and issues of gender into all of our programmes, specifically to target the attitudes and perceptions that feed the scourge of stigma and discrimination.

Outreach teams

The multi-disciplined care teams within Mashambanzou work closely with community volunteers. Together with the community, these care teams identify, care for and refer to other facilities, those who are in urgent need of care and support.


The outreach teams use a disciplined criterion of vulnerability to refer those in need to clinics and other community-based support services.

Community volunteers

Community volunteers are the catalyst for Mashambanzou’s progress. It is through the volunteers’ efforts that Mashambanzou is able to expand and provide quality care and services to so many vulnerable households. The volunteers are committed to uplifting their communities and bettering the lives of the sick and poor. They lead by example and instil within the community a sense of responsibility, compassion and respect.


Mashambanzou collaborates with local authorities, health clinics, hospitals, the department of social welfare, schools, community groups, churches and numerous other nongovernmental organisations. Through collaboration and networking Mashambanzou is able to successfully achieve much more than it could ever achieve through its own efforts. Mashambanzou is committed to good communication and good working relationships with its network partners.

Our Six Programmes

Mashambanzou offers holistic health care through six interlinked community outreach programmes. These programmes operate in the poorest high-density suburbs of Harare and include

  • Orphan Outreach
  • Home-Based Care
  • Mashambanzou Care Unit
  • Choose Life Programme
  • WFP Feeding Programme
  • Nenyere Day Care Centre

What We Do

  • Care for the sick in their homes
  • Provide counselling and psychosocial support to their families
  • Treat opportunistic infections
  • Ensure comprehensive care and follow-up
  • Refer people in need to clinics and other community-based support
  • Identify, refer and follow-up patients on anti-retroviral therapy
  • Deliver life-honouring palliative care
  • Distribute medicines, soap and nutrition to home-based patients and orphans
  • Supply blankets to orphans
  • Assist orphans with school fees, uniforms and school supplies
  • Offer grief and bereavement counselling, particularly to orphans
  • Provide spiritual support
  • Impart life skills
  • Encourage voluntary counselling and testing
  • Fight stigma and discrimination through public awareness
  • Provide information, education and counselling materials
  • Reach out through education and counselling specifically focused on coping with stigma
  • Train volunteers in basic care management
  • Train primary caregivers
  • Mobilise communities and empower them to take charge