The Bible Society in Zimbabwe is working to empower the mothers of differently able children. Often these women and their children are overlooked or outcast by society. They provide Bibles and Scriptural support materials for these ladies, giving them hope when they feel abandoned by friends and family.
The Bible Society in Zimbabwe also helps these ladies by facilitating support groups for them to connect with other mothers in similar situations.
These support groups focus on reducing the stigma and isolation surrounding those with children living with disability and also highlighting the reality of disability in the community. There are also advocacy workshops and special training (including Bible studies) for mothers and children.
Above, Shumirai, 45, reads the Bible with her six-year-old daughter, Maka, who has Down’s Syndrome, and her two other children. The family feels isolated due to rejection by the community and churches, and struggles to make ends meet as Shumirai cannot leave Maka and go out to work. The Bible Society of Zimbabwe and the local committee of the World Day of Prayer are joining together in this project to provide help and hope to families like Shumirai’s.