Lucia and Davis Mambure are the founders of Chenga Ose Association (COA) based out of Harare, Zimbabwe. COA is committed to helping individuals with disabilities thrive, and a long-standing partnership with Elim has aided COA in this important work. Throughout the past year, ongoing conversations between Lucia, Davis and Nick Milano led to the important work of breaking down the components of farming for individuals with disabilities.
Teaching how to farm is complicated and nuanced, but still an invaluable life skill for all. The Mambures provided their knowledge of farming crops, such as maize and sweet potatoes. Nick contributed his knowledge of task analysis and curriculum design. Together, they were able to create accessible farming training for individuals with develop-mental disabilities. COA has been able to distribute this information to a wider range of small group leaders throughout Zimbabwe.
Recently, COA held a successful farming day, and the individuals with disabilities they serve were joyfully engaged. This is a victory to celebrate in a country where individuals with disabilities are not always esteemed and opportunities for work are extremely limited. The partnership between Elim and COA is transformational and is empowering individuals with disabilities in Zimbabwe to reach their highest God-given potential.